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Jimmy Butler Allowed To Skip Timberwolves Media Day And Beginning Of Training Camp

September 22, 2018 - 5:01 pm

The Minnesota Timberwolves are scheduled to get back together to start their preseason on Monday with a media day. Media days usually aren't too eventful, but this one had the potential to be quite awkward.

Jimmy Butler's recent trade request triggered a flow of drama that included Andrew Wiggins' brother calling out Butler, Butler calling out Wiggins, Stephen Jackson calling out Wiggins, and then finally Wiggins returning the favor and calling out Jackson. But Butler hasn't been traded yet, so all that would have made for some interesting scenes if the two had seen each other at media day.

According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, that won't happen. The Timberwolves have given Butler permission to miss media day and the start of training camp.

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Tom Thibodeau has resisted calls to trade Butler, but his hand may eventually be forced by ownership. The Wolves' head coach and president of basketball operations thinks that the situation with Butler can be fixed, but that might not be possible at this point. 

Butler's trade request reportedly singled out the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers as the teams he would prefer to be traded to. The forward wants to be traded to a team that plans on signing him to a five-year, max deal that could be worth up to $190 million next summer.

A trade for the 29-year-old would be the second he has been involved in in just the past two years. Last summer the Bulls traded Butler to Minnesota in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and a lottery pick that eventually became Lauri Markannen. 

A trade to the New York area is possible, but Knicks president Steve Mills recently said that the team is "not going to trade our draft picks ... for a guy we can get on our own later."

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Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.