Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Wolves

Heading into the 2018-19 NBA season, Jimmy Butler informed Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau of his trade request during their meeting in Los Angeles. That puts Miami about $10 million over the 2019-20 cap if the roster remains intact, which could create a roadblock in the Irving sweepstakes if it landed Butler. In July, Butler reportedly turned down a four-year extension worth $100 million. Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of teams that could interest him. (See Leonard, Kawhi). And Vegas thinks the Sixers are the most likely new team for Butler to start the season on. Now, he's got only one year left on his deal and may not re-sign with your team if you aren't on his shortlist, which only further hurts his value.

The Have has been, and still is, hesitant to trade for players without an assurance they would re-sign in free agency.

Charania reports that Butler provided the Timberwolves with a list of between one and three teams he would be willing to sign an extension with, presumably increasing the return the Timberwolves could receive in a deal. But the Timberwolves are also expected to want younger players with long-term upside such as Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo in Miami's case.

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Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins - Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor. There is an eight-ticket limit per transaction and parking is free. The Wolves will hold their annual media day on Monday, and that should be a lot of fun for everybody.

Miami begins its preseason schedule on September 30 against the Spurs in San Antonio.

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