Report: Timberwolves’ Butler to return Friday

Jimmy Butler reportedly has asked the Timberwolves to trade him, with his eye on three teams.

After missing 17 games following left knee surgery, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler will return to the lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from the New York Times.

The Wolves entered Friday with a record of 44-35 and are tied with the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Minnesota has not made the postseason since the 2003-04 season and Butler is eager to come back and help them end that streak.

The Wolves went just 8-9 in Butler’s absence.

On the season, Butler is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three.