Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler s reportedly seeking a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler can become a free agent at the end of the season and would be willing to re-sign an extension with any of the three teams.
Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski. Butler has given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he’s open to signing extension, in anticipation of trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2018
These news comes after tensions in Minnesota, because some reports circulated in the offseason that Jimmy Butler was frustrated with the nonchalant attitudes of Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
There are rumors that Jimmy Butler is interested in joining major markets like New York or Los Angeles as a free agent. The three teams with which Butler would be open to signing an extension are Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
Los Angeles Lakers were previously connected to Butler, even though they don’t appear to be on his list of preferred teams.
Brooklyn Nets have restocked their picks, adding four this summer alone and building up a cap space cache of between $50 and $70 million.
The question is: would they be willing to “skip a step” during the rebuild for somebody like Butler? His track record speaks for itself.
Butler is a four-time NBA All-Star (2015–2018), a two time All-NBA Third Team player (2017, 2018); a four time member of the All-Defensive Second Team (2014–2016, 2018), the league’s NBA Most Improved Player (2015) and has average 2.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Earlier this summer, Sean Marks said: “We have a year to prepare for summer of 2019.” So, we’ll see if going after Butler is one of his first steps