Jimmy Butler’s trade request creates even more uncertainty for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler

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.

The super-max deal means that Towns can earn 30 percent of Minnesota's salary cap if he reaches one of the three All-NBA teams, or is voted NBA MVP or Defensive Player of the Year this season. All of this has been happening while the team has been racing to get Karl-Anthony Towns to agree to a contract extension that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent next summer. "Not happening. The winter could bring more intrigue, if Butler is still in Minnesota and the Lakers disappoint". "Even if he has to agree to dissolve the (coaching) contract, they'd do that before they go and trade Butler for draft picks".

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million. Butler's arrival helped guide the T-Wolves to a 47-35 season, which was their highest win total since 2003-04.




Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks on January 10, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

There have been rumors that Butler and Kyrie Irving would like to play together in the Eastern Conference, so trading for Butler may put Brooklyn in the lead of the Irving sweepstakes next summer.

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. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the 29-year-old has lost some interest in joining Los Angeles due to the arrival of All-Star forward Lebron James. He will now be faced with one of the most hard decisions of his front office career as he begins the next phase of the Brooklyn rebuild.

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