Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns

Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns

Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves' All-Star swingman has reportedly asked for a trade, and the Knicks are among the three teams on his list of preferred landing spots.

It's believed that those three teams are the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers. Over the last several weeks, Butler began to seriously contemplate his future with the team and a potential trade request, league sources said.

PRO: Pairing Butler with Chicago's young core would make the Bulls a very big pain in the neck. Thibodeau understands this - he's not going to get value for Butler in a trade right now and he won't get a package that helps him win this year and get back into the playoffs for a second straight season after they missed it for 13 years.

Looking at Butler's salary for the upcoming season ($18.7 million, per Spotrac), there are only a few options for completing a trade for a player with his talent.

That's what ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed last night.

The case for making a change in the Wolves' power structure is rather simple.

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Every locker room that Jimmy Butler walks into ends up falling apart before he leaves. With that being said, it would be interesting to pair Russell with his longtime friend Karl-Anthony Towns.

There is nothing as important as keeping Towns happy and right now that's not the case.

Butler bent on leaving - and accepting less than the mega-max available to him if he stays - means they could have to deal him for pennies on the dollar. If he doesn't, he will become a restricted free agent next offseason. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players. Even with him, the team barely made the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Cavs have a host of young players that could be contribute to the long term success of the Timberwolves.

What kind of return can the Minnesota Timberwolves land for Jimmy Butler? Alienating him would be a massive mistake.

Jimmy Butler is most interested in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources. I'm 40, thank God I'm happy to see 40. Bum? Towns had been reportedly holding out on doing so until the situation with Butler was resolved.

Timberwolves media day is set for Monday at Target Center.

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