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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler asked the team for a trade this week, but it looks like he won't get that wish granted as seamlessly as he may have expected.
According to multiple sources, the Timberwolves management is telling teams calling into Minnesota that the Wolves view Butler as an elite player and intend on keeping him.
Story filed to ESPN: Rival executives lobbing calls to Minnesota’s front office on possibility of trading for Jimmy Butler are getting inquires shut down. Minnesota is telling teams that Butler’s an elite player and franchise intends to keep him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018
Earlier this week, Butler listed the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks as potential teams he would love to end up with. Now, it looks like they'll have to get more creative.
According to this tweet below, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is much more open to the idea of trading Butler than head coach Tom Thibodeau. And of course he would be -- after all, Thibodeau was Butler's coach with the Chicago Bulls, and the coach is more focused with winning now. Taylor must be looking out for himself, and the franchise's future, in this scenario.
We’ve been talking all week about whether Wolves owner Glenn Taylor is going to overrule Tom Thibodeau on a potential Jimmy Butler trade - and now look at this from @wojespn pic.twitter.com/nZnuLY6I6D— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 21, 2018
We have been monitoring this fiasco all week, and it looks like we're all going to need some more popcorn to last us in the coming weeks.
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