Jimmy Butler lists three teams as preferred trade destinations after trade request

Karl Anthony Towns

Karl Anthony Towns

Jimmy Butler's desire wish for a quick trade out of Minnesota has reportedly been met with resistance from the Timberwolves' braintrust. According to the report, the T-Wolves are telling other teams, Butler is "an elite player and that the franchise intends to keep him".

Jimmy Butler reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but that doesn't mean that a trade is imminent.

But Wojnarowski reported Friday that National Basketball Association execs calling the T-Wolves to inquire about a possible Butler trade "are getting inquires shut down".

Steve Aschburner of NBA.com laughs at the idea of Butler showing up to Timberwolves' Media Day or the first couple days of workouts.

If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with.

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Even if the Lakers were willing to include Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in a trade, it would have to be a pretty complex trade likely involving three teams. This would remove leverage from the Timberwolves, giving Butler more power.

Taylor has overseen high-profile Minnesota stars getting traded in the past, including Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

The Timberwolves acquired Butler in June 2017.

Trading Butler wouldn't mark the time Taylor dealt a superstar. Adrian Wojnarowski reports Butler clashed with teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and has all intentions to leave in free agency in 2019 if not traded. Trading Butler would undeniably crush Thibodeau's dream of rebuilding the 2012 Chicago Bulls roster from scratch. The NBA has steadily moved away from the "emperor coach" model of having one man overseeing all aspects of the organization in recent years, and only two - Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio - remain in the league.

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