Timberwolves star Butler reportedly requests trade

Jimmy Butler requested trade from Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket.

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.

He has requested a trade away from Minnesota following a meeting with team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Butler's three choices are the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers. He and Butler have reportedly talked about wanting to team up down the road, with Madison Square Garden now a viable destination. "More to do with contractual matters".

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season.

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They only just scraped into the playoffs on the final day of the season and went on to lose 4-1 in the first round against the Houston Rockets.

Butler turned down a four-year contract extension from the Timberwolves following the season.

Thibodeau had been planning to meet with Butler in Minnesota about the situation but instead traveled to LA to see him earlier this week.

"I've been around a long time, I don't buy into any of that stuff", Thibodeau said (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune). You never heard any of that come from Jimmy's mouth.

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