Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
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Minnesota Timberwolves: Report says Wolves are refusing Butler’s trade demands

Minnesota Timberwolves: Report says Wolves are refusing Butler’s trade demands

In fact, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe, certain members of the Wolves organization would like to trade Butler before Monday's media day in order to avoid "a circus".

In the days since Minnesota guard Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade, the Timberwolves have been fielding calls from teams looking to add the four-time All-Star.

On Wednesday, Butler reportedly requested a trade from the Timberwolves and presented the Minnesota with a short list of preferred destinations where he would be open to signing an extension, per Jon Krawcynski of The Athletic.

While the Timberwolves' front office said they intend to keep Jimmy Butler on Friday, the team's owner, Glen Taylor, has taken another stance.

"He basically said, 'If you don't get anywhere with (Layden) and you've got something good, bring it to me, '" a high-ranking National Basketball Association official told ESPN. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns. This seems to indicate that Butler will force Taylor's hand and trade him prior to the season starting.

Obviously, Taylor doesn't want to speak to the media too much about this situation.

"No one expects Tom to coach a 25-win or even 35-win team", the source told SN.

If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with.

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.

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