Wolves Owner Glen Taylor Ready to Trade Jimmy Butler Himself if Necessary

Aubrey Yates
September 24, 2018

He no longer wants to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler has been intrigued by the possibility of teaming with another star.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July.

In his first season with the Timberwolves last season after spending the first six years of his National Basketball Association career with the Bulls, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game during the regular season.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a free throw against the Houston Rockets in Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But however you slice it, in the wake of Jimmy Butler's trade demand this past week, Thibodeau has orchestrated an irreparable state of affairs. The Blazers have all of their first-round picks going forward. He was an All-Star last season and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2016.

These factors, coupled with the considerable price likely necessary to extend Hollis-Jefferson, make him a practical trade candidate.

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Brooklyn also has five second-round picks in the next three drafts that could be offered as a sweetener in any deal.

The Wolves have reportedly had a super-maximum contract extension on the table for Towns for weeks, if not months. Irving, a New Jersey native, grew up a Nets fan during the Jason Kidd era. This way, the Wolves could learn which teams would interest Butler in signing an extension next summer, which is information that would allow the Wolves to get the best possible return on assets for Butler. Trading for a 29-year-old Butler and paying him $190 million until he's 34 may fall under the category of skipping steps.

One scenario that the Wolves could be looking at is when the New York Knicks was able to find a trade partner in the Oklahoma Thunder for Carmelo Anthony, just a couple of days before Media Day.

If he were to sit out training camp, it would hurt his trade value as other teams would have to assume they can get him for much cheaper. But this very genuine report is fairly damning: according to KTSP's Darren Wolfson, Towns told the Wolves front office that he can't coexist with Butler, both on the court and in the locker room. However, this could all change as the season gets closer.

"The Heat has been very reluctant this offseason to part with Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo, and it's unclear if Miami would be willing to include Richardson in a deal for Butler".

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