Rival execs think trade of Wolves’ Butler may be inevitable

The Rockets apparently are trying to find a way to pair James Harden, left, with Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler.

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.

Meanwhile, one opposing GM told Amico Hoops that he wouldn’t trade for Butler, referring to him as “a problem.” (Full story.)

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.

1 Comment on "Rival execs think trade of Wolves’ Butler may be inevitable"

  1. Like the Kyrie trade last summer, every expert guess about the trade might be wrong. I believe even the Kawhi predictions weren’t anywhere near correct. But here I am throwing some wild guess (with the idea that since T’wolves stand to get nothing in return when Butler hits FA, they will take any reasonable offer):
    Clippers will get Butler. No notes necessary here.
    Cavs will get Danilo Gallinari. That will give the Cavs a true SF who can score, and it brings more youth to the team. Clippers should be looking to shed Gallo if they get Butler, and foresee getting Kawhi next summer.
    T’wolves get players from the Cavs (Clarkson+Korver?), and 2020 first rounder from the Clippers. Should be sufficient compensation for a disgruntled star who will bolt in a year.

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