Los Angeles Clippers: Three possible trade packages for Jimmy Butler

Ross Houston
September 21, 2018

The four-time All-Star informed coach Tom Thibodeau of his wishes on Tuesday, according to a report on Wednesday from The Athletic.

Wojnarowski, citing sources, said Butler could expand his list based on the willingness of the Timberwolves and other teams to negotiate a trade.

One player who definitely fits that category is Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, who wants out of his current situation with the Timberwolves. Technically, Butler is now signed through the 2019-20 season, but he has a player option for that final year and will nearly certainly opt out of the deal. Butler's arrival helped guide the T-Wolves to a 47-35 season, which was their highest win total since 2003-04.

In the aftermath of Butler's trade request this week, Minnesota executives are telling teams that Butler's an elite player and that the franchise intends to keep him, league sources said. According to ESPN, Butler prefers the Clippers. The Sun-Times reported earlier this summer that Butler had grown frustrated with the "nonchalant attitudes" of some of the younger Timberwolves, including recent No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

During the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, the Chicago Bulls made a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that sent Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick.

It's no secret the Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving have been searching for a way to play together.

If Butler does ultimately stay, the team has some chemistry issues that need to be addressed.

Though Tom Thibodeau is resistant to the idea, Butler requesting a trade means the clock is ticking for the Wolves.

Butler's shortlist of preferred destinations includes up to three teams. The 29-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season while leading the Timberwolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004.

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