Wolves Owner Glen Taylor Ready to Trade Jimmy Butler Himself if Necessary

Arnold Nichols
September 24, 2018

Defense was a also major key point in Thibodeau's first season with the Wolves that led him to bring in players who played under him before.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.

Butler would make an immediate impact for the Knicks even without Kyrie should they lose patience and trade for him. Towns is entering the final year of his rookie deal but will be in Minnesota for the long haul after agreeing to the deal Saturday.

Prior to his time in Minnesota, the four-time All-Star spent six seasons with the Bulls. It would come as no surprise if this process plays out in a similar fashion to how the Kawhi Leonard saga ended, with Butler going to a team not on his list of preferred destinations. Butler liked a comment that suggested he should team up with Kyrie Irving in NYC.

The forward wants to be traded to a team that plans on signing him to a five-year, max deal that could be worth up to $190 million next summer.

Later, former National Basketball Association champion and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson commented on Nick Wiggins' tweet on Instagram by imagining the conversation he would have had as Andrew Wiggins with brother Nick.

The saga revolving around Butler and his future has developed rather quickly, with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor making it clear to his front office that he wants Butler to be dealt before the team begins training camp on Tuesday.

Butler joined the Timberwolves in 2017 after being traded away by the Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks have maintained both publicly and privately that they will remain patient in their pursuit of stars - a change from experience - and will not trade first round picks. During the 2015-16 season, Butler and Noah had multiple disputes and had to be separated in the locker room many times. He made the Western Conference All-Stars and earned third-team All-NBA honors. Butler and Eric Bledsoe as a backcourt could be the best defensive duo in the league, and better defense will let the Greek Freak run wild more in transition. Otherwise, the Lakers would have to send out at least four players to get just Butler.

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