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A number of teams have emerged as potential suitors for Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler, including a few that may make a deal without assurances Butler would sign a long-term deal.
Butler informed Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau of his desire to be traded Tuesday. Thibodeau is said to be resisting the idea.
“Still unsure if Thibs will change stance and start engaging in trade talks,” Krawczynski wrote.
Butler rejected an extension offer of four years from the Timberwolves earlier this offseason.
While several teams are said to be strongly interested in Butler, one opposing general manager told Amico Hoops he would not be contacting the Timberwolves.
“I wouldn’t trade for him,” the opposing GM told Amico Hoops. “Someone will, eventually. But he’s a problem.”
Butler is said to prefer a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks, with the Clippers supposedly his top choice.
Several rival executives have indicated they believe Butler will be traded, and that his relationship with the Timberwolves is perhaps not salvageable.
Butler, 29, came to the Timberwolves via a trade with the Chicago Bulls in June 2017. He averaged 22.9 and 5.3 rebounds in 56 games during his first season in Minnesota.