Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him

Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him

After months of speculation about Jimmy Butler being frustrated with the Timberwolves coming into the final year of his contract, the star made an official trade request on Tuesday as he met with Tom Thibodeau in Los Angeles.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

Butler, who has a player option on his contract next season, has come up with a list of teams that he would like to sign a long-term deal with, according to Krawczynski. Butler's time with the Wolves saw Minnesota return to the National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

The Timberwolves were scheduled to meet with Butler this week to "have honest conversations" about his future with the team.

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We've all heard that Butler is fed up with the young "Timberpups" and wants to move on, possibly even angling for a trade. Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick, replied to Shams Charania's report with a "Hallelujah" in a now-deleted show of jubilation.

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season.

Minnesota's training camp is scheduled to begin September 25, but Butler is reportedly optimistic a deal could be done before camp begins.

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