Timberwolves owner says Jimmy Butler is available for trade

Knicks Nets should avoid Jimmy Butler trade

Was it just a harmless #TBT, or was it a subtle shot at the Timberwolves for trading him away?

What the organization decided as the proper conduit for the Butler situation was to bar him from participating in the team's annual media day, thus keeping media scrutiny to a minimum.

This is a blow for not only the Clippers, but for several teams who are trying to bring Butler into the fold prior to the season's start.

In the aftermath of Butler's trade request this week, Minnesota executives are telling teams that Butler's an elite player and that the franchise intends to keep him, league sources said.

"Also: As the case with past trades involving Minnesota stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, owner Glen Taylor will be a major part of the process on deciding whether to move Butler this season".

Here's the catch - Jimmy reportedly does NOT want to play for the Lake Show. even though he'd be playing alongside one of the GOATs.

Pairing Butler and Kawhi Leonard could have the Clippers in the championship conversation, but with many teams courting them next summer, nothing is guaranteed. Butler can sign a more lucrative contract next summer.

All of this also ratchets up the pressure on Thibodeau, who was already seen as being in some hot water before Wednesday's developments.

If Butler does ultimately stay, the team has some chemistry issues that need to be addressed.

That's three lottery picks from a four-year period taken by Minnesota, with LaVine going 13th overall in 2014 and Dunn selected with the fifth overall pick in 2016.

Those questions won't stop until the season ends - or until the Timberwolves answer them with actions.

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