All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a report from The Athletic. Players within the locker room first began to hear whispers of Butler's plans last week, according to sources.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau reportedly visited Butler Tuesday in Los Angeles amid multiple reports that circulated in the last week saying Butler was contemplating his future in the Twin Cities.
Butler also turned down a contract extension offered by the Timberwolves earlier this offseason, knowing he could wait another season, become a free agent and sign a bigger contract.
However, The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reports "Butler's decision had very little if anything to do with Towns and Wiggins". Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved.
Let's talk through three trade scenarios that the Wolves should consider whenever they decide to blow up this roster by moving Butler, whether that is before the start of the regular season, in the middle of the winter, or at February's trade deadline.
Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game. The 29-year-old was selected No. 30 overall in the 2011 draft by Chicago.
Training camp for all National Basketball Association teams gets underway next week, with the Heat set to open up next Tuesday, Sept. 25.