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.
Timberwolves Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.
Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.
Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach
Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.
According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.
Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.
Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations
The Minnesota Timberwolves have launched an official search for a new President of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as head coach and president during the regular season.
The team made the announcement regarding the search via an official press release.
“In the absence of Tom, I want to thank all who picked up his responsibilities this past year,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “… They worked through a season with many injuries requiring many challenges in our player lineup. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their hard work and commitment to the franchise.
“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to be very bright,” Taylor continued.
“It’s more important than ever that we find a leader who can build a successful team in today’s fast-paced NBA. We have the cornerstones of a very talented team and need to assemble the final pieces that will elevate us into a playoff team and one that can compete for championships.”
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