Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Wolves owner Taylor mandates deal to move Butler get done

Wolves owner Taylor mandates deal to move Butler get done

Jimmy Butler reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but that doesn't mean that a trade is imminent. The franchise's business operations want to limit the sullying of what had been until now a successful marketing campaign around the franchise's starry young core, league sources said. Taylor is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings today in NY, which include owners and top basketball executives.

Apparently Taylor is giving his approval for a trade.

However, this all changed with the recent news surrounding Timberwolves All Star Jimmy Butler. Other teams would see that the faint chance of Butler and Thibodeau working out a truce was truly out the window, taking away what little leverage the Wolves had to begin with.

Butler has given Minnesota three teams to which he's interested in being dealt - the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.

It is odd that the team would be unwilling to move Butler, especially after it was made public that he did not intend to re-sign with the team when he enters free agency in the summer of 2019.

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This would be an ultimatum but considering Karl-Anthony Towns is not going to sign his extension until the Butler situation is sorted out, timeliness is important in their inevitable decision.

Nevertheless, it remains uncertain how much - if anything - the Clippers would trade for a player whom the team could sign this summer without surrendering any assets.

According to ESPN, Towns has agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension.

Butler will join a free-agent class that could include Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker. Part of that may be smart negotiation tactics, but the more significant factors are that right now offers the trade offers are lowball, plus Thibodeau realizes his job on the line and this team is not as good without Butler.

It appears the same can't be said about Butler, at least in Minnesota.

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