Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has requested a trade after recently meeting with head coach Tom Thibodeau.

And now, instead of being asked about how they can build off last season's successes, the only questions anyone in the organization likely will receive, beginning at media day Monday, will be about the franchise's future - and specifically the futures of Butler, Towns, Wiggins and Thibodeau.

Jimmy Butler reportedly has asked the Timberwolves to trade him, with his eye on three teams.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star would like to be in Los Angeles, although, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it's the Clippers that Butler is "most determined" to join.

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"We're going to build this team the right way".

The Clippers have the flawless situation and have the trade pieces to get this done. The two have had a close relationship since their shared days together in Chicago, and the Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Wolves on draft night in June 2017 for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen. However, what they may be willing to part with given the 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract is unknown.

The Clippers would nearly undoubtedly have to part ways with 2018 first-round pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is an extremely promising point guard with a massive ceiling.

The goal to make the Knicks great will take time to happen and could move another step forward in 2019, pending which free agents the organization attracts with a projected $30 million-plus available on the salary cap.

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Training camp for all National Basketball Association teams gets underway next week, with the Heat set to open up next Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ.

While Minnesota does not have to reach an agreement with any of those three teams, the team will get significantly more in return if it is understood that Butler will sign an extension.

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