Jimmy Butler is reportedly “uninterested” in training or enjoying with the Minnesota Timberwolves once more, and has implored proprietor Glen Taylor to commerce him earlier than later as a result of he intends to stroll as a free agent subsequent summer season anyway. Taylor has knowledgeable groups that the four-time All-Star is on the buying and selling block, however the asking value stays “too steep,” in keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
Woj stories that Minnesota seeks high quality veterans, high prospects, future property and/or cap reduction, which is just too excessive for groups, together with the Miami Heat. Although, Lowe notes issues might “change on a dime.”
Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, advised Wolves possession that Miami is his most well-liked touchdown spot. The Wolves aren’t obligated to commerce Butler to a crew of his selecting however since he is getting into the ultimate yr of his contract, any potential commerce companion would probably want assurance that he is prepared to resign a long-term extension. Originally, it was reported that Butler most well-liked a commerce to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks – three groups which have max cap house to signal Butler as a free agent in July.
The Wolves acquired Butler in a commerce with the Chicago Bulls simply final June in a deal that appeared extraordinarily lopsided in Minnesota’s favor on the time. In change for the then three-time NBA All-Star, the Bulls obtained Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 choose – Lauri Markkanen.
Butler solely appeared in 59 video games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 factors, 5.three rebounds, four.9 assists and a pair of steals per recreation, whereas serving to the crew to their first playoff berth since 2003-04.