Timberwolves say they intend to keep Butler

Timberwolves say they intend to keep Butler

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Butler clashed with teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and has all intentions to leave in free agency in 2019 if not traded.

On Saturday night, one of those things reached its conclusion, as Towns is slated to become a rich man. And with Butler helping Minnesota end the NBA's longest playoff drought, it is clear that the Timberwolves have enough talent to be a playoff contender.

"Also: As the case with past trades involving Minnesota stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, owner Glen Taylor will be a major part of the process on deciding whether to move Butler this season".

The Lakers signed LeBron James in the summer and now have the cap space available to sign a max-contract salary star next year.

Butler, 29, prefers a trade to the LA Clippers, and has a strong interest with the New York Knicks as well as an interest with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources said. The disgruntled shooting guard had a tumultuous first season in Minnesota after being traded by the Bulls, along with Justin Patton, for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen.

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If Butler doesn't show up to camp, it would make things even more hard for Minnesota.

Dinwiddie had a breakout season a year ago, finishing third in the voting for Most Improved Player.

He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year.

Although management has opened up talks with other National Basketball Association franchises, they are still retaining hope Butler will change his mind and stay the course. They may be for social media reasons that are out of the front offices' hands, but it still paints a poor picture on the organization as a whole.

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