Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves

When the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler a year ago before the season began many people speculated about how good the team could be.

Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic say Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams with which he is open to signing a contract extension.

Amid a belief Thibodeau is resistant to trading the 29-year-old, new details have emerged about why Butler did not include the Lakers on his list.

Despite being touted as an elite defender and athlete in college at Kansas, Wiggins has regressed since Butler joined the Timberwolves. His three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the New York Knicks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Butler also turned down a contract extension offered by the Timberwolves earlier this offseason, knowing he could wait another season, become a free agent and sign a bigger contract. Given that guys like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving will also be on the market, one should not even assume that Butler is any of these teams' No. 1 target.

Before the trade request, there was a report of Butler being interested in teaming up with James.

Timberwolves training camp is scheduled to begin next week.

He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season, leading them to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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