Tom Thibodeau Doesn’t Want Rebuilding Pieces In A Jimmy Butler Trade

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News that Jimmy Butler officially lodged his trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves surfaced yesterday. If they keep Butler for the entirety of this season, they may still find themselves outside of the playoff picture.

Either way, though, opposing executives seem to think there is no way the Minnesota Timberwolves try to see it through with their star swingman.

"Any team acquiring Butler would be able to move forward with a maximum extension next summer, with his Bird Rights accompanying him in a trade".

Flash back to the 2017 NBA Draft: Lauri Markannen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 7th overall pick ... and was promptly shipped to the Chicago Bulls in the Jimmy Butler trade.

Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick, tweeted "Hallelujah," in response to the report. While it was reported in July that Butler could stand to make $190 million if he stayed in Minnesota versus the max of $141 million if he decides to leave. Towns and Wiggins are great players and at this point better than Butler.

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Butler appears unlikely to be swayed by any case Thibodeau might make for why he should remain in Minnesota.

Butler also talked this summer with fellow star Kyrie Irving about potentially teaming up somewhere down the line, either in Boston where Irving now plays or in another city. He doesn't last on teams, teammates don't like him, etc.

Since he's spent so much of his career under Thibs, Butler also has more tread on the tires than your typical 29-year-old wing.

The Knicks have to be concerned, too, about Butler's past history with young players.

If this National Basketball Association executive is correct in thinking that Thibodeau wouldn't want any part of a rebuild in Minnesota if Butler is exchanged for draft picks, what are the Wolves stuck with?

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So while there's nothing from Irving's camp that's indicated he's actually interested in teaming up with Butler and/or leaving the Celtics, it seems pretty obvious what Butler is angling for with his preferred destinations.

According to a report from Sean Deveney, Thibodeau has "zero interest" in dealing Butler only to get stuck coaching a rebuilding team. Towns had been reportedly holding out on doing so until the situation with Butler was resolved.

Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ.

Timberwolves media day is set for Monday at Target Center.

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