Jimmy Butler appears to respond to shade from Wiggins' brother

Marcus Newton
September 20, 2018

As expected, and after an unsuccessful meeting with head coach/team president Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota Timberwolves two-way star Jimmy Butler has formally requested a trade, according to multiple reports. Charania recently reported that KAT still has not signed his rookie max extension and does not plan on doing so until the Jimmy Butler situation had been resolved. "Therefore a team acquiring Butler would not need to utilize cap space in the 2019-20 season for such a contract".

Taking on one of their less desirable contracts, like center Gorgui Dieng (he'll earn $48.5 million over the next three seasons), could be enticing enough for the Wolves to bite.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket. On Wednesday, Wiggins' older brother, Nick, added credence to those reports with his celebratory tweet.

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The Timberwolves gave up considerable assets during the 2017 NBA Draft to reunite Butler with Thibodeau, his long-time coach with the Chicago Bulls, trading away Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the rights to 2017 No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen. The clubs in contention: The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers. Butler's bigger issues reportedly were more likely to involve his younger teammates, such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ. The four-time all-star has averaged 20-plus point per game in each of the past four seasons, which an average true shooting percentage of 58.0.

Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota.

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