Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota


As expected, and after an unsuccessful meeting with head coach/team president Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota Timberwolves two-way star Jimmy Butler has formally requested a trade, according to multiple reports.

When the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler a year ago before the season began many people speculated about how good the team could be.

We told y'all a few months ago that Jimmy Butler wanted out of Minnesota. The most baffling detail to come out of prelim discussions is that he prefers the Clippers to the Lakers in choosing, partly because they can offer max deals to more than one pending free agent.

"For now, they are very unwilling [to trade Butler]". The Celtics point guard hasn't made any verbal commitment to Boston and the thought of teaming up with Butler along with All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis could be enough for the Knicks to pry him away from Boston. If they keep Butler for the entirety of this season, they may still find themselves outside of the playoff picture.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN later reported those three preferred destinations include the Los Angeles Clippers and both New York teams, the New York Knicks and the Nets.

But after dealing several promising young pieces for Butler last offseason, there's pressure on Thibodeau and Co.to recoup value in a potential trade of Butler, should they indeed choose to make one.

Jackson defended Butler in the video and argued that neither of the Wiggins brothers should have weighed in. Butler is said to be clashing with both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the latter of whom has yet to sign his maximum-contract extension off his rookie deal and might instead choose to become a restricted free agent after the season.

The Miami Heat have been interested in Butler too, league sources said, although the Heat don't have the salary-cap space in July to pursue him.

Training camp for all National Basketball Association teams gets underway next week, with the Heat set to open up next Tuesday, Sept. 25. The team is still hoping to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Most of the time, though, when a player wants out, they get out.

A year later, Markannen is an All-Rookie first teamer after averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 68 games, flourishing as a stretch power forward.