Jimmy Butler requests trade; Nets on short list

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To recap, Butler wants out of Minnesota (and prefers the Clippers, Nets or Knicks as a destination) before cashing in during free agency next summer. If they keep Butler for the entirety of this season, they may still find themselves outside of the playoff picture.

By the time word got out early Wednesday afternoon, Butler's conclusion set fire to Thibodeau's plans in Minnesota and indirectly exonerated his former franchise in Chicago. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns.

Butler is seeking a max contract for five years and $190 million. The Timberwolves are operating from a position of weakness considering Butler's trade request.

If Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor somehow feels he must force Thibodeau into trading Butler for unready young players and picks, that would signal Taylor has lost faith in Thibodeau running the team. Moving Butler now would nearly certainly set the franchise back, at least in the short term.

PRO: Putting Butler, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and whatever combination of Gordon Hayward and young players (whomever doesn't get traded among Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, and Jayson Tatum) on the floor makes Boston the favorite to win the East.

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Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick, tweeted "Hallelujah," in response to the report.

Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months. They probably wouldn't match Butler's contributions.

There aren't a lot of coaches in the free agent market less than 30-days before the season starts, so if a move was to be made, hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. He helped the Timberwolves sneak into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 last season. But if he faces that choice, I'll believe he leaves that much money on the table when I see it.

However, when it comes to assets between the Knicks and Clippers, the Clips certainly have the edge over NY. That means Thibodeau needs to be working on accommodating Butler's request.

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