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The definition of “team owner” is fairly clear and Glen Taylor is apparently stepping to the fore to reinforce it.
Taylor, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, has put team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden on notice — he wants Jimmy Butler moved, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN — and sooner than later.
Sources: Minnesota owner Glen Taylor has made it clear to President/Coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden that Jimmy Butler's on the trade block and Taylor wants the front office moving to find a deal. Taylor is pushing for a fast resolution.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2018
Wojnarowski reports Layden had been shutting down inquiries from teams looking to make a deal for Butler in recent days, but that Taylor has mandated Layden not only accept the calls asking about potential deals, but to also reach out to other teams to initiate conversations on a trade.
Shams Charania of Stadium reports Minnesota is taking the necessary steps to making a deal to move Butler, a four-time All-Star.
Minnesota is aligning its organizational focus on next step of trading All-Star Jimmy Butler, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 23, 2018
Butler, acquired last summer from the Chicago Bulls in a deal that reunited him with Thibodeau, his coach when he arrived in the Windy City, has been excused from the Timberwolves’ media day Monday as the situation remains fluid.
He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games in his first season with the Timberwolves, teaming with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to push the Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004, being ousted in the first round by the Houston Rockets in five games.
Towns agreed to a five-year, $190 super-maximum contract extension with the Timberwolves on Saturday night.