The Minnesota Timberwolves have a big task ahead of them as they look to lock up both Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns on long-term extensions, and also iron out any underlying issues that may exist.
Minnesota has already taken care of Andrew Wiggins, signing him to a five-year, $150 million deal last season and now they look towards their two biggest superstars.
According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczyncki, the organization is optimistic it can get deals done for both players and iron out any issues between the two.’
Per the report:
“There is optimism throughout the organization that the two sides will eventually reach agreement, and a belief that the concerns about team chemistry can be smoothed over as time goes on,”
With Butler stating that he is not going to sign an extension this summer, and with rumors swirling that he is eyeing forming a tandem with Kyrie Irving in the Eastern Conference, the Wolves have their work cut out for them, especially considering that they will have to keep their cap in mind when discussing any deals.
Wolves’ Asking Price Hindering Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has continued his attempt to try to recruit Butler in hopes that he can get the veteran to ease off his trade demand and return to practice with the team, but Butler has continued to sit out team workouts and is vowing to sit out until he is traded.
Wolves’ Jimmy Butler Requests Trade
Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who the team acquired from the Chicago Bulls in a trade during the 2017 offseason, has formally requested a trade, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawcynski.
Butler met with Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss his situation, and formally requested his desire to be traded. Butler reportedly had been contemplating requesting a trade for several weeks.
Butler’s issues appear to be contractual, and not having to do with rifts with teammates such as Karl-Anthony Towns of Andrew Wiggins.
Butler has provided the team with a list of 3 teams that he would be willing to sign an extension with in anticipation of a trade.
Wolves, Luol Deng Finalizing 1-Year, $2.4 Million Contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves and veteran forward Leol Deng are finalizing a one-year, $2.4 million contract after Deng met with Wolves team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Deng recently worked out his release from the Los Angeles Lakers and had been looking for a team that would allow him to have playing time moving forward.
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