Jimmy Butler requests trade; Nets on short list

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The market for Butler, 29, will likely be the five-year, $190 million maximum extension that could come with a trade to a new team, which means a team would be committing $40 million-plus annually to Butler as he reaches his mid-30s.

T-Wolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau doesn't seem interested in starting over, according to this report from Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Over the last several weeks, Butler began to seriously contemplate his future with the team and a potential trade request, league sources said. Thibodeau wants to keep Butler this season in hopes of making a deep playoff run after losing in the first round to the Rockets past year. This time, they say they will wait for the summer of 2019, when Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard could be among the free agents - even if one of them suddenly became available by trade now.

But while Butler has decided he doesn't want to be in Minnesota, telling the Timberwolves this now has - at least for now - limited his options.

None of the three teams Butler listed would really be able to help the Timberwolves.

"I just don't think there have been many people that have understood how important winning is to me, man, " Butler told the Sun-Times in late April.

Here's the catch - Jimmy reportedly does NOT want to play for the Lake Show. even though he'd be playing alongside one of the GOATs. Butler wants out - he would prefer a trade to the Clippers, Knicks or Nets - but Thibodeau reportedly is reluctant to deal him. General manager Scott Perry said the Knicks and Porzingis' agents were in touch throughout the summer about his contract situation.

"Our process and our view of where this season is going and where this team is going and how we're going to build this team hasn't changed since we talked about it a year ago, hasn't changed since I talked about it two days ago", Mills said.

Jackson, a commentator for Fox Sports, posted an Instagram video saying Wiggins should have responded to an Instagram post by Jimmy Butler which took a shot at Wiggins' brother by saying the former Bulls player had a lot of heart and, "I ain't got no heart". Markkanen had a stellar rookie year, earning him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie first team.

Timberwolves media day is set for Monday at Target Center.



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