Jimmy Butler may not report to training camp for Timberwolves

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They were coming off a playoff season and had Butler not gotten hurt a year ago, they would have fought for homecourt advantage in the playoffs rather than the eighth seed.

With close $40 million in cap space for next summer, the Los Angeles Lakers will be in the running for Jimmy Butler in free agency, but not a moment sooner.

Despite Butler's request, the Minnesota front office has shut down all inquiries toward Butler and is saying they intend to keep him.

It's unclear whether the Wolves have signed off on Butler's camp holdout. As Layden was rebuffing trade calls on Thursday and Friday, Taylor found himself surrounded with owners and team executives at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting in NY. "That was made clear".

Thibodeau and Layden have to realize that Butler is a lost cause - he wants out and he's going to get his wish - but Towns was not signing his max extension in part to protest Butler's presence on the roster.

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However, Shams Charania reported that Towns does not want to make any decisions until the Butler situation is resolved.

In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting.

Taylor has overseen high-profile Minnesota stars getting traded in the past, including Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

Saturday night provided two more morsels, one bad - that Jimmy Butler has been excused from the team's media day Monday - and one good - that Karl-Anthony Towns had agreed to a five-year max contract extension.

TSN's Josh Lewenberg notes that if the Toronto Raptors wanted to make a play for Butler, it would be hard because they would have to send out at least $15.8 million in salary and can not trade a first-rounder until 2021's selection. Butler and Wiggins' tension played out on social media in recent days. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team.

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