Jimmy Butler Requests Trade Out Of Minnesota

Ruben Holloway
September 20, 2018

After news broke that Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade from Minnesota, Butler exchanged jabs with teammate Andrew Wiggins and his brother on social media. In Charania's report, it is understood that Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of three teams that he would be willing to sign a contract extension with.

Apparently, the meeting did not go well.

If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with.

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The Clippers have the necessary assets to present the Timberwolves with arguably the best trade offer for Butler. Butler has also prioritized the New York Knicks over the Brooklyn Nets. Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Later, former National Basketball Association champion and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson commented on Nick Wiggins' tweet on Instagram by imagining the conversation he would have had as Andrew Wiggins with brother Nick. If reports are true that Jimmy is looking ahead to the summer of 2019 to choose what team will get his services, it would be in the Wolves best interest to trade their superstar now. Butler made three All-Star trips with the Bulls and another with the Wolves last season.

The Clippers would nearly undoubtedly have to part ways with 2018 first-round pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is an extremely promising point guard with a massive ceiling.

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Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ.

Butler wants out. And he isn't the only one, as Nick Wiggins (briefly with the Timberwolves in 2015 training camp) tweeted "Hallelujah" before deleting.

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