Caron Butler Says Lakers Should Go After Jimmy Butler

24 September, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • What led to Jimmy Butler’s trade request to the Timberwolves and the possible trade scenarios ahead

All-Star forward Karl-Anthony Towns has signed an extension with the basketball club, and he will be staying with the team for another 5 years, for $190 million.

Jimmy Butler reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but that doesn't mean that a trade is imminent. But this very genuine report is fairly damning: according to KTSP's Darren Wolfson, Towns told the Wolves front office that he can't coexist with Butler, both on the court and in the locker room. He plans to do so again with Butler, who has informed Taylor and Thibodeau that he will leave Minnesota in free agency after the upcoming season, sources said.

The former Bulls forward, who was traded to the Timberwolves on Draft Night 2017, now reportedly has asked for a trade to either the Clippers, Knicks, or Nets. Taylor is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings today in NY, which include owners and top basketball executives.

The Boston Celtics point guard says he loves his current team and thinks they're in for a special season, but he won't commit long-term to the franchise. Butler had requested a trade out of Minnesota even with training camp about to start on Tuesday, September 25.

In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting. It's unclear whether Taylor prefers Butler be traded or not.

Several teams are willing to take Butler without an assurance that he would re-sign with them in the summer.

Butler has clashed with Towns and Wiggins as teammates, league sources said.

The appeal of trading for Butler lies with the 2019 free agent class. Brooklyn has room for two max contracts. His arrival turned the Wolves from a 30-win team to a 48-win team past year, a win total that would've been significantly higher had Butler remained healthy.



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