Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Wolves

Florence Fletcher
September 20, 2018

Beat writer Jon Krawczynski reports in The Athletic that veteran guard and clubhouse presence Jimmy Butler has requested that he be traded less than a week before training camp is set to open. Reports indicate Butler has requested to be traded, and there are up to three teams where he would potentially sign a maximum contract extension. If he opted to sign elsewhere, he could receive four years and $140.6 million. Butler is a free agent at the end of the season.

The Sixers may want Butler more than he wants them, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. Faried is included mostly to make the salaries match - he could provide some energy and rebounding this season or the Wolves could try to flip his expiring contract before the trade deadline.

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Butler had once imagined playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, but LeBron James' arrival as the franchise's cornerstone made it less appealing for Butler in the prime of his career, league sources said.

The rift between Butler and Timberwolves' All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, as well as Andrew Wiggins, seems to be a major reason why Butler is likely to be traded before the start of the season. It's hard to develop much of a market if only a few teams would be involved. The T-Wolves also received a first-round pick in the deal. However, it's a big market with plenty of cap space, and a team with Butler, Kristaps Porzingis and potentially another star could be very good at basketball if it comes to pass.

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