Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
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Karl-Anthony Towns and Timberwolves agree to five-year max extension

Karl-Anthony Towns and Timberwolves agree to five-year max extension

Often that's an opening message that's followed with a query on what a prospective trade partner might offer in a hypothetical deal, but that hasn't been the case in the Timberwolves' dialogues with teams late this week, sources said.

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Jimmy Butler.

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.

It is odd that the team would be unwilling to move Butler, especially after it was made public that he did not intend to re-sign with the team when he enters free agency in the summer of 2019. In other words, they are determined to lose him for absolutely nothing. There was clear friction between Butler and Towns - the same friction exists with Andrew Wiggins, but the underachieving Wiggins is a secondary factor in all of this - and that needed to be cleared up.

ESPN ran a statement from Towns that read: "On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves".

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Butler has given Minnesota three teams to which he's interested in being dealt - the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Towns has been at the focal point of the Minnesota offense ever since his debut in the league, earning the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The 29-year-old was selected No. 30 overall in the 2011 draft by Chicago.

Minnesota acquired Butler a year ago from head coach Tom Thibodeau's former team, the Chicago Bulls.

The argument in favor, of course, is that Butler is a very good player when he's on the court, one of the best two-way wings in a league where good play at that position is at a premium.


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