All-Star Butler wants to leave Minnesota


"At 6'8", Butler is one of the best two-way wings in the National Basketball Association. General manager Daryl Morey, who always tries to get the Rockets involved when a player hits the market in one way or another, is admittedly obsessed with trying to take down the Golden State Warriors.

Albertie would then go on to mention Kyle Korver as an additional trade piece to the Timberwolves to go with Sexton due to his shooting ability. It was all anyone asked Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden about.

If the Rockets were to land Butler, there would nearly certainly need to be a third team to absorb the salary of Gorgui Dieng. Are Thibs and Butler still friends? The Cleveland Cavaliers can't trade Rodney Hood, who Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue sees as the second option behind Love, until December 15th. I don't think so, especially because the Heat would probably not be able to sign him to a max deal next summer.

To paraphrase Jan Brady, "Jimmy!"

Stein reports the Heat have been "aggressively" pursuing Butler since he requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves last week.

Maybe that's a good thing.

With this asking price in mind, it's hard to imagine what the Rockets could possibly offer the Timberwolves for Butler without dismantling their team.

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For another, this still might work for the Timberwolves - although it will be hard.

Butler has yet to attend a Timberwolves workout and wants to sit out until the franchise executes a trade for him.

Unfortunately, we now know it was only temporary. Don't expect Butler on the Timberwolves' roster when the 2018-19 season begins next month.

That, of course, assumes that's what Thibodeau and Layden have in mind.

But beyond the strained relationships with teammates and members of the front office, Butler has bigger reasons to want out of Minnesota - nearly 50 million reasons, actually.

So far, there has been no team close to willing to meet Thibodeau's massive return for a Butler deal. It's never just about this season for this organization, and their pursuit of Jimmy Butler is no different. He has played 82 regular-season games only once, in 2012-13, and has averaged 62.6 games in his other six seasons. They just must hope Minnesota's best offer involves them.