Butler made his move-now it’s Wolves’ turn

Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota

Additionally, the three teams reportedly making up his list of preferred destinations - the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets - all will have the cap space to sign him next summer, diminishing Minnesota's leverage even further.

Butler, who will be finishing up the final year of his five-year, $92 million contract, is set to become a free agent next summer and has no intentions of sticking with the Timberwolves.

Butler and Thibodeau met on Tuesday in Los Angeles to discuss his situation, according to multiple sources.

Butler likes the Clippers' odds of signing a second superstar during the 2019 offseason as they have two max contract slots.

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

None of the three teams Butler listed would really be able to help the Timberwolves. Jimmy Butler has already made it clear that he wants to sign with the Clippers with the knowledge that the team can sign another big name player next summer.

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Moreover, the Timberwolves essentially lost out on Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen for 50-odd games of Jimmy Butler thanks to head coach Tom Thibodeau and the front office.

Butler's impact on the Wolves was easy to see last season. The problem for the Heat is that their interest in him is greater than the quality of their bargaining chips to make a solid offer to the Timberwolves. That would allow them to have more salary-cap space in July if they try to sign a player they won't mortgage any of their future for now.

That's because in what's shaping up to be a loaded 2019 free agent class, Butler has circled both the Knicks and Nets as potential landing spots.

With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place. (See Leonard, Kawhi). And Vegas thinks the Sixers are the most likely new team for Butler to start the season on.

"Our process and our view of where this season is going and where this team is going and how we're going to build this team hasn't changed since we talked about it a year ago, hasn't changed since I talked about it two days ago", Mills said. A deal with the Cavs could be the best move for both teams.

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