Glen Taylor of Minnesota Timberwolves OK trading Jimmy Butler

Paola Ditto
Settembre 22, 2018

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

Team owner Glen Taylor has engaged in discussions with teams about a possible trade, but those teams have been rebuffed by Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden when contacted directly, a weird dynamic that has several executives around the league scratching their heads.

The never-ending drama that is the National Basketball Association offseason continued on Wednesday when The Athletic reported that All-Star guard Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The idea of missing the postseason in the aftermath of a trade that leaves the Timberwolves devoid of a short-term, comparable talent to Butler, a four-time All-NBA forward, is fully unappealing to Thibodeau.

The Jimmy Butler trade negotiations are non-existent at the moment. Notably, Sporting News reported in June that Butler had a problem with former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

It's a double-edged sword for the Minnesota front office. Those three teams have the salary-cap space to sign Butler outright next summer to a maximum contract extension. The problem is that teams have been told Butler is not on the market, though the guard has given the Timberwolves a list of teams and Minnesota has gotten interest from others in the league.

This report comes right after Knicks president Steve Mills told the media the team wouldn't trade for a player they believe can be acquired in free agency.

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