Timberwolves star Butler reportedly requests trade

Timberwolves star Butler reportedly requests trade

It looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler might be destined for divorce earlier than most would have predicted.

The Athletic's sources said that Butler, 29, gave the Timberwolves a list of teams he'd consider signing with for the long term.

According to an ESPN report, Butler has requested to be traded to either the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. Wiggins' brother tweeted "Hallelujah" in response to today's report of Butler's trade request. He fits the bill of a max-contract player, but teams might be reluctant to invest this much money in Butler.

From the Timberwolves' perspective, the 22-year-old Russell is an appealing player because he's on the same developmental track as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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"At 6'8", Butler is one of the best two-way wings in the National Basketball Association.

Butler informed Tom Thibodeau he would prefer a trade and plans to leave in free agency.

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer. The four-time all-star has averaged 20-plus point per game in each of the past four seasons, which an average true shooting percentage of 58.0.

The Timberwolves were scheduled to meet with Butler this week to "have honest conversations" about his future with the team.

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