NBA Star Forward Jimmy Butler Bolting Out of The Minnesota Timberwolves?
Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Jimmy Butler wants out of his team – his destination? Mind-boggling.
During a team meeting with Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau, the 29 year old forward expressed his desire to change teams, and stated his preferred destinations, namely the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
It should be noted that these three teams mentioned, are big market teams that have sufficient cap space to sign him a max contract, come July 2019.
However, according to NBA.com, the Timberwolves has expressed no interest in trading him, so there is a possibility that Butler needs to wait out for almost a year for a change of scenery. As of this writing, the All-star swingman holds a player option on his contract next season, but due to recent developments, he is expected to opt out and test the free-agency market.
It should come as no surprise that Butler wanted out of his team, as during last season, reports came out stating that he was unhappy with the Wolves, due to disagreements with his teammates, particularly budging big man, Karl Anthony Towns.
As reported by The Ringer, there has been a long rumor that Butler has been having a hard time to get along with the team’s young players, including Towns and Andrew Wiggins. And if indeed Butler bolts out, then it would mean that Minnesota essentially gave away three players, namely Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, just for a one-year rental of the superstar forward.
But apart from the internal turmoil with Butler and the Wolves, many have also noticed that there’s a notable team absent from his preferred destinations – the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers, one of the Western Conference’s rising team, is looking to add another proven superstar to ever since it landed LeBron James in free agency.
However, reports from SB Nation indicated that Butler is not too keen on playing with The King; a recent trend among young superstars.
But due to the ever unpredictable landscape of the modern NBA, pundits are still hesitant to remove Lakers out of the picture.
One thing is for sure, the NBA off-season is still not over.
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