Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN later reported those three preferred destinations include the Los Angeles Clippers and both New York teams, the New York Knicks and the Nets. Thibodeau can be selfish or selfless in this scenario, either holding onto Butler and leaving next summer when JB decides to leave, or he can trade him for some assets down the road in Minnesota.
Every locker room that Jimmy Butler walks into ends up falling apart before he leaves. Butler didn't have LeBron on his list of teams he'd like to be traded to.
"I just don't think there have been many people that have understood how important winning is to me, man, " Butler told the Sun-Times in late April.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo Red Card: Juventus Star Reportedly To Serve This Ban
Four-time All-Star Butler wants to leave to sign a five-year, $190million contract with a new team this summer rather than an $141m deal in 12 months' time. He managed to sustain his All-Star status, making it hard for the Timberwolves to acquire any player as good as him in a trade.
Porzingis, 23, is set to become a restricted free agent after the season. Even though the Timberwolves have a fondness for Avery Bradley, both he and Luc Mbah a Moute can not be traded until December because they signed new contracts this summer.
Butler remains a star player who has an unquestioned work ethic on the floor, but he turned 29 last week and has played in all 82 regular-season games only once in seven seasons.More news: Passengers suffer nose, ear bleeds on Jet Airways flight
Meanwhile, if the Clippers have not traded for Butler, odds are they don't make the playoffs and thus keep their lottery protected first round pick. Alienating him would be a massive mistake.
"You should always try to get a perennial All-Star", former National Basketball Association forward Caron Butler told TMZ Sports, adding that he thinks Jimmy Butler is "a real victor".
Sorry, Minnesota. Forget the background in his Tweet and the hat that he's wearing, Lauri is a Chicago Bull now, and I couldn't be happier. It will make Butler happy to get out of town. But that would mean Thibodeau bets on his own ability to manage personalities in a way he's never cared to do or even recognized as mattering.More news: Watch Meghan Markle audibly gasp at the sight of her wedding dress
And now, instead of being asked about how they can build off last season's successes, the only questions anyone in the organization likely will receive, beginning at media day Monday, will be about the franchise's future - and specifically the futures of Butler, Towns, Wiggins and Thibodeau.