News has broken that Jimmy Butler has asked the Timberwolves to trade him. Butler has given the Timberwolves 3 teams that he’s interested in joining and confirms he will sign a contract extension with one of those teams.
The 3 teams he listed are The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.
ESPN confirmed the reports via Adrian Wojnarowski that Butler has a list of preferred destinations and the three teams have the space to sign Butler next July.
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
Butler has a player option in his contract that will allow him to opt out of his current contract and join the 2019 free agency. Fellow teammate KAT(Karl-Anthony Towns) is also in his final year of his contract and could enter free agency along with Butler.
Numerous rumors had come out that Butler was frustrated with the attitude of teammates Andrew Wiggins and Towns. Krawczynski reports that Butler’s decision to request a trade “had little if anything to do” with Towns and Wiggins and centered more on contractual matters.
Butler has averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season and is considered one of the top NBA stars.