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Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota

Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota
Kristopher Love | 20 September, 2018, 23:24

Timberwolves media day is set for Monday at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard has been vocal about his desire for a trade. The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers are the other two teams reportedly mentioned.

The 29-year-old is now meeting with Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau to discuss his future with the team.

Andrew Wiggins' brother took to Twitter shortly after to express how happy he was with a quote tweet that said "Hallelujah!" According to National Basketball Association insider Shams Charania, Butler alerted the front office on Wednesday of his desire to be traded and provided "a list of one to three teams with whom he's open to signing [an] extension".

The Clippers, Nets, and Knicks each have significantly more flexibility, though none will realistically compete for the title this season, even if Butler joins their fold. Meanwhile, the Cavs have a host of young players that could be contribute to the long term success of the Timberwolves.

A year later, Markannen is an All-Rookie first teamer after averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 68 games, flourishing as a stretch power forward. Thibodeau can be selfish or selfless in this scenario, either holding onto Butler and leaving next summer when JB decides to leave, or he can trade him for some assets down the road in Minnesota. This might make Towns unhappy enough to go for an offer sheet elsewhere and could already poison the current season before it starts.

CON: The Hawks seem like they're committed to a rebuild based around the ability to stretch the floor, a la Golden State. That includes Luol Deng who played just one game past year with the Lakers.

Right now, the Timberwolves need to build for further down the road.

And while it's unlikely that the C's would make any sort of play for Butler while knowing they're not featured in his long-term plans - nor does Butler necessarily fit a need for the Celtics with the emergence of Jaylen Brown as a legitimate building block - Butler's interest in his next destination is certainly worth recognizing if you're the Celtics.

To be clear, this isn't a talent thing.

The 2019 free agent pool is stacked with marquee names like Irving, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker, as Woj noted.

LeBron James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers was less than three months ago and the wounds are still fresh.

There's plenty of risk associated with this trade. However, this could be just the reason Butler doesn't work in Dallas. However, if it does pan out, the Cavs could have a title-contending team in the next year.