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Report: Timberwolves Plan To Hold On To Jimmy Butler

Minnesota Rebuffing Trade Inquiries On 29-Year-Old Forward

September 21, 2018 - 1:59 pm
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By WFAN.com

Jimmy Butler has become the latest NBA star to request a trade, telling the Timberwolves he wants out of Minnesota earlier this week.

While Butler may have listed the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets as his preferred trade destinations, it appears as if the four-time All-Star shouldn't pack up his bags quite yet.

Minnesota executives are telling teams around the league that Butler is an elite player, and that the franchise does not plan on trading him, according to an ESPN report. 

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While Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has apparently put himself in the middle of the decision-making progress on a possible Butler trade and is open to the idea, president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau, along with general manager Scott Layden, want to keep the talented forward.

It was reported earlier this week that Butler prefers a trade to the Clippers. The 29-year-old also has a strong interest in joining the Knicks, as well as the Brooklyn Nets.

All three teams have a ton of salary cap space next offseason, and can afford to hand out a max deal to Butler, along with a second max contract to another free agent. 

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.

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Minnesota dealt Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the No. 7 pick that became Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls for Butler in a trade last year.

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