Andrew Wiggins' brother after report of Jimmy Butler's trade request: 'Hallelujah'

Arnold Nichols
September 20, 2018

Butler arrived in Minnesota in a 2017 draft day trade with the Chicago Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the the No. 7 pick that turned out to be forward Lauri Markkanen.

After earlier reports of discontent on behalf of Butler with his teammates' immaturity was only exacerbated by "contractual matters" which led to Wednesday's trade request.

The Jimmy Butler saga will continue to develop as we get closer to the regular season.

Butler met with Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau on Tuesday in Los Angeles, where Butler requested the trade, The Athletic reported.

Butler, 29, has provided the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams with whom he would listen to possible contract extension offers, according to Charania. The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers are expected as desired destination, and could. But the promise of potential and future success alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins appears to not be what interests Butler at this time.

In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting. They lost to the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round.

Butler, a four-time All-Star, is set to earn $20.4 million this season and has a player option worth $19.8 million in 2019-20. "You have to distinguish what's real and what's not real".

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