Wolves guard Jimmy Butler wants to be traded

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Butler could be eligible to sign a 5-year, $190 million contract extension with the Wolves, or a team that acquires him in a trade.

The news is different than what was reported of the Wolves' front office earlier on Friday, who reportedly told teams they meant to keep Butler. In his first three seasons in the NBA, Towns has displayed great durability and has not missed a single game in his career.

Thibodeau - who oversees Layden, the point person on trade talks with outside GMs - wants to hold on to Butler and navigate the season with him.

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Butler, who has expressed frustration in the past with the younger players on the team, told the team Tuesday he wants to be dealt to the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers or Brooklyn Nets.

Nevertheless, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor plans to be heavily involved in the decision-making process with president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, league sources said. Wojnarowski adds that the Miami Heat also have interest in Butler, but lack the salary cap space to pursue him next summer.

As previously noted though, Minnesota will have the final say on Butler trade request and where he lands, which could ultimately end up being the difference of $50 million and another year on a future contract.

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Fast forward to now, and all is not well between Butler and his new team.

Maybe the reason Butler didn't list the Lakers on his preferred destinations because he, too, knew how unrealistic it was, or maybe he actually doesn't want to play second fiddle to James, as reports have suggested. The trio of Russell, Wiggins and Towns would give the Timberwolves a very talented core of players all under the age of 24. He was an All-Star last season and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Towns' willingness to finally sign his max deal means that he nearly certainly has been assured he's never going to have to see Butler in the Wolves' locker room ever again. However, they got eliminated by the Houston Rockets in the first round.

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