Jimmy Butler for Khris Middleton, straight up.
The Wolves reportedly asked the Bucks for Khris Middleton in exchange for Jimmy Butler, Bucks declined— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 1, 2018
Milwaukee would be willing to part ways with Malcom Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe’s expiring contract, per @sheridanhoops.
That's about as good of an offer as you could hope for if you're the Timberwolves. Some might wonder why would the Milwaukee Bucks turned this down -- Butler is the better player and, in this wide-open Eastern Conference, would immediately make the Bucks conference title contenders.
Butler even played college ball at Marquette, which is in Milwaukee.
All of those reasons seem fine on the surface, but they don't align with what Butler is saying. He clearly wants out of a small market in favor of one that'll make him a bonafide superstar. He reportedly initially requested trades to the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets. Once it became apparent a deal to any of those teams couldn't be worked out, he changed his request to the Miami Heat.
While the Wolves have been away on the West Coast, Jimmy Butler has been at the practice facility daily working out. Wolves return Thursday.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 2, 2018
Butler is a free agent following this season, letting him sign wherever he pleases. It's a near-certainty that he would leave Milwaukee by next summer. Why would the Bucks trade one of their best players – who is just entering his prime on a more favorable contract – for what would most likely turn out to be a one-year rental? Doesn't make too much sense, does it?
Milwaukee didn't seem to think so, at least.
So while the deal seems fair or even in the Bucks' favor, it was an obvious move for them to turn down.
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