Marquist Parker Sports Editor
Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler reportedly asked for a trade. This news comes on the heels of a meeting with President and Coach Tom Thibodeau about his future with the team. Butler has been rumored to not be a fan of his young teammates, specifically Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns. His rumored frustration is centered around their lack of work ethic and defensive effort.
The Timberwolves have made a lot of moves since acquiring Butler at last year’s draft in exchange for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen. Most of the league is of the opinion that the Wolves’ moves were not championship-winning moves, they mostly acquired past their prime former bulls like Derrick Rose, Jamal Crawford, Luol Deng, and Taj Gibson. In their first season together, the Wolves barely made the playoffs after Butler missed a few weeks with injury, once they made the playoffs they were beaten by the Rockets in 5 games. He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season, leading them to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The relationship between Butler and Thibodeau has been largely strong since the Chicago Bulls drafted Butler in 2011. Butler’s partnership with young star Karl-Anthony Towns has been strained and could have been an obstacle for the Timberwolves’ ability to sign Butler to a new contract next summer. Minnesota can offer Butler a five-year, $189.7 million max contract, with a max deal elsewhere for four years could be $140.6 million. The Timberwolves are negotiating a rookie extension with Towns that could be completed before the start of the season. Butler reportedly wants to be traded to one of three teams: The Knicks, Nets, or the Clippers. Butler, 29, will be a free agent at the end of the 2018-19 seaso.