Jimmy Butler requests Timberwolves trade him out of Minnesota

Jimmy Butler James Harden

Jimmy Butler James Harden

With Jimmy Butler reportedly requesting a trade from Minnesota on Wednesday, putting a big-name star on the table for the taking again, the Knicks' front office remains determined not to fall into the same trap of sacrificing precious assets to acquire a big name.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it's been an environment that's described as "joyless from top to bottom, throughout the organization". Theoretically, they could ship Butler, Jeff Teague and the young center Justin Patton to the Cavs for Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic and George Hill.

Later, former National Basketball Association champion and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson commented on Nick Wiggins' tweet on Instagram by imagining the conversation he would have had as Andrew Wiggins with brother Nick. 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. Butler, acquired last summer in a trade with the Bulls, had become part of that thought process. Even though the Timberwolves have a fondness for Avery Bradley, both he and Luc Mbah a Moute can not be traded until December because they signed new contracts this summer.

Was it just a harmless #TBT, or was it a subtle shot at the Timberwolves for trading him away? He has until October 15 to sign that contract, which could be worth up to $188 million over five years.

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Butler is a great player.

There's no question Butler is one of the game's elite two-way players.

Butler had once imagined playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, but LeBron James' arrival as the franchise's cornerstone made it less appealing for Butler in the prime of his career, league sources said. But this is 2018, not 1982, and keeping 22-year-old future stars like Towns happy is important, even if it makes the old guard cringe. God bless. Somebody @ Lil one for me.

Tom Thibodeau's work is much like that of Claude Monet, in that it's best appreciated from a certain distance. It will make Butler happy to get out of town. Already, multiple outlets are reporting the possibility that Thibodeau would rather bail on the job than coach a clear non-contender to nowhere, and he seems to have managed himself into an untenable position.

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