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Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has requested a trade and the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly among his preferred destinations.
But Butler may have turned off the Clippers after refusing at first to report to Timberwolves’ practice, then creating a bit of a scene once he finally did arrive.
Hall-of-fame basketball writer Peter Vecsey, citing a source, had the details in his latest Patreon column.
“A valued source informs me the Clippers could’ve had Jimmy Butler, but his antics and attitude impelled them to sever talks,” Vecsey wrote, before quoting the source.
“I believe Jimmy will wind up in Miami,” the source said. “They’re overpaying a bunch of players and none are legit All-Stars. For that reason, Pat (Riley) will get it done. And Jimmy will behave — stay away from people and places that aren’t good for him. For the most part, that’s what players in a contract year do.”
Butler requested a trade last month and while team president/coach Tom Thibodeau has attempted to talk Butler into saying, it appears the Timberwolves are now determined to move him.
“Thibs and I are lined up on this,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in an interview with Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We need to be looking at a trade.”
Along with the Clippers and Heat, the Houston Rockets are said to have expressed a strong interest in Butler.