Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jimmy Butler requests trade, but not to Houston

Jimmy Butler requests trade, but not to Houston

Jimmy Butler made headlines recently when it was reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski that the four-time All-Star had requested a trade out of Minnesota, with the New York Knicks being one of his preferred destinations. The four-time all-star has averaged 20-plus point per game in each of the past four seasons, which an average true shooting percentage of 58.0.

Butler's impact on the Wolves was easy to see last season.

What kind of return can the Minnesota Timberwolves land for Jimmy Butler? He reportedly wants out of Minnesota partly because he's tiring of the lax attitudes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Butler would make an immediate impact for the Knicks even without Kyrie should they lose patience and trade for him.

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The Timberwolves gave up considerable assets during the 2017 NBA Draft to reunite Butler with Thibodeau, his long-time coach with the Chicago Bulls, trading away Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the rights to 2017 No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen. All three teams have the cap space to sign Butler to a maximum contract next summer should he reach free agency. Thibodeau is famously, and relentlessly, competitive, and it is hard to envision him being willing to part with a player who embodies everything he values in a player and whom he traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft to acquire.

Every locker room that Jimmy Butler walks into ends up falling apart before he leaves.

Wojnarowski's report comes just a few days after Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported that Thibodeau has "zero interest" in dealing Butler only to get stuck coaching a rebuilding team. Towns had been reportedly holding out on doing so until the situation with Butler was resolved. Already, multiple outlets are reporting the possibility that Thibodeau would rather bail on the job than coach a clear non-contender to nowhere, and he seems to have managed himself into an untenable position.

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