Rockets, Sixers among teams interested in Wolves’ Butler

Timberwolves star swingman Jimmy Butler requested a trade nearly a month ago.

The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to a report from ESPN.

Per the report, the Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat are some of the others.

Butler informed the Timberwolves last week that he is seeking a trade. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is determined to grant Butler his wish, according to multiple reports.

Butler is said to prefer the Clippers, but also reportedly has a strong interest in the Nets and New York Knicks as potential destinations. The Timberwolves aren’t really taking into account where Butler would like to go next — and instead are focusing on receiving the best possible return.

It is believed Taylor is handling many of the trade negotiations, with president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden at the mercy of the team owner’s decisions.

Butler, 29, turned down an offer of a four-year contract extension from the Timberwolves earlier this offseason, leading to speculation that he may want to move on. He will become a free agent in 2019 barring an extension from another team.

Several teams have indicated they may be willing to deal for Butler even without assurances that he will re-sign with them next summer.

He will not report to the Timberwolves’ media day Monday, nor the first few days of training camp, as the team looks to strike a deal, according to The Athletic.

While interest in Butler is supposedly high, one opposing GM told Amico Hoops he wouldn’t be making a call on Butler. “He’s a problem,” the GM said. (Full story.)

Butler was traded to the Timberwolves from the Chicago Bulls on draft day in June 2017. He averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games during his first season with the Timberwolves.