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Whether Jimmy Butler actually wants traded or is just playing a game of NBA chicken remains to be seen.
Either way, though, opposing executives seem to think there is no way the Minnesota Timberwolves try to see it through with their star swingman.
According to a report from The Athletic, the overall feeling is that Butler’s trade request will eventually be met.
“Rival executives believe a Butler trade could be inevitable this season, with Minnesota clearly tilting toward favoring its future around young star Karl-Anthony Towns,” The Athletic reported.
Butler reportedly met with Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden and asked for a trade Tuesday. Butler, 29, is said to prefer three destinations — the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks, with the Clippers surfacing as his reported favorite.
Some suspect a trade involving the Clippers, centered on Butler and LA small forward Tobias Harris, could be done before the season begins.
Butler is entering his second season with the Timberwolves after being dealt from the Chicago Bulls in June 2017. He averaged 22.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 56 games this past season, helping guide the Timberwolves to a rare playoff appearance. They lost in the first round to the Houston Rockets.