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Marcus Newton
September 24, 2018

Butler is eligible for a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Wolves or with a team that acquires him in a trade.

The team is reportedly aligning their organizational focus to trading the 29-year-old All-Star swingman, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.

The news is different than what was reported of the Wolves' front office earlier on Friday, who reportedly told teams they meant to keep Butler.

Butler's contract is set to expire after this season and Thibodeau was looking to lock him up on a long-term contract last July.

However, this all changed with the recent news surrounding Timberwolves All Star Jimmy Butler.

Would a package of Hollis-Jefferson, Dinwiddie and the Denver pick be enough to pry Butler from Minnesota president and head coach Tom Thibodeau? Those three teams - and many more around the league - could be willing to trade for Butler now under the right circumstances, league sources said.

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It remains to be seen what the Wolves can get in exchange for Butler, of course.

Maybe the reason Butler didn't list the Lakers on his preferred destinations because he, too, knew how unrealistic it was, or maybe he actually doesn't want to play second fiddle to James, as reports have suggested. It's unclear whether Taylor prefers Butler be traded or not.

In Minnesota, he had issues with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns and just seems to be a negative influence on guys.

Towns had one year remaining on his rookie contract, a four-year $25.7 million deal he signed in 2015.

A person familiar with the talks has told AP that the Timberwolves have had some conversations with clubs, talks that were originally described as the team gauging what the trade market might be for Butler. Here's hoping they get something of value that can help this year without tying up too much cap space next summer.

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