Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves

The trade request, which was first reported by the Athletic on Wednesday, officially makes the situation so.

All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a report from The Athletic.

Minnesota's training camp is scheduled to begin September 25, but Butler is reportedly optimistic a deal could be done before camp begins. Butler has three preferred destination for a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Butler reportedly gave the Timberwolves a list of 1-3 teams where he would prefer a trade, although Minnesota can do whatever it wants, as Butler does not have a no-trade clause. "Therefore a team acquiring Butler would not need to utilize cap space in the 2019-20 season for such a contract".


Butler, 29, was acquired from the Chicago Bulls on draft night in 2017 and was expected to play a key role in helping Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins turn the Wolves into a playoff team. (See Leonard, Kawhi). And Vegas thinks the Sixers are the most likely new team for Butler to start the season on.

One possible concern they face is trying to accommodate Butler's $19.84 million salary for the upcoming campaign, given that they're already set to pay a luxury tax this season.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game.

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