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’ 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, 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.
Wolves’ Glen Taylor Not Ready to Give Up on Andrew Wiggins
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a busy offseason from trying to work out a new deal for Karl-Anthony Towns to having their offer rejected by Jimmy Butler, the offseason has been kind of a roller coaster for the franchise.
Heading into the 2028-2019 season, Minnesota is hoping that Andrew Wiggins can put a poor season behind him and get back to playing to his potential.
Timberwolves team owner Glen Taylor isn’t ready to give up on the young Wiggins.
“I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they’re that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him,” Taylor said, during an appearance on 1500 ESPN (h/t theScore’s William Lou).
“You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence. I don’t see why Andrew won’t be one of those people because he has such natural ability.”
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