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What led to Jimmy Butler’s trade request to the Timberwolves and the possible trade scenarios ahead

What led to Jimmy Butler’s trade request to the Timberwolves and the possible trade scenarios ahead

Now we cannot deny that Butler is a quality player, but here are 3 reasons that the Celtics should steer clear of Jimmy Butler.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves has the ball against the New York Knicks during the game on January 12, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "To the fans from Day 1 and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you".

Chicago ended up netting shooting guard Zach LaVine, point guard Kris Dunn and getting the rights to draft power forward Lauri Markkanen with the no. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. None of those apply for Butler's current team. The two young Wolves cornerstones both saw on-court chemistry issues especially when it came to crunch time. All three of those teams have the cap space to sign Butler next summer, though, which will make it more hard for Minnesota to get proper value back in a deal for the four-time all-star. He earned the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year award, and led the Wolves to their first Western Conference playoffs in 13 seasons this past year. The move reunited Deng with three other former Bulls in Butler, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson.

In any circumstance, Butler wants a trade to a team that plans to sign him to the five-year, maximum contract in the summer, and his list could expand based on the Timberwolves' and rival teams' willingness to negotiate a trade, league sources said.

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But perhaps sensing that a deal may not be done over the weekend, the team has now made the wise decision to excuse Butler from media day, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. They don't want to rush into a deal, but they also don't want to start the season with the discord and awkwardness of Butler still being on the roster.

Let's begin with an unpleasant but unavoidable assumption: Tom Thibodeau, the current head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, is not long for this franchise.

"If he happens to go to NY, he might be able to influence Kyrie [Irving] to come there or another free agent".

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