Jimmy Butler has decided he'd like to play elsewhere.

"Any team acquiring Butler would be able to move forward with a maximum extension next summer, with his Bird Rights accompanying him in a trade".


T-Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to the report, wanted to avoid trading Butler, especially after giving up Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn while also swapping first-round picks. All three project to have max cap space next July, when Butler is set to become a free agent. Butler repeatedly has said he wants to be in the best place to win a championship, and Minnesota isn't the best option for that.

In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting.

Butler's shortlist of preferred destinations is reportedly the Clippers, Nets, and Knicks (not the Lakers, though), and he and his camp made sure that was public knowledge to help with leveraging a deal to one of those spots.


Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins - Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor.

Minnesota were backed to have a strong year with Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague on their roster. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close.


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