All of Timberwolves’ organizational focus trained on trading Jimmy Butler next…and quick

Kawhi Leonard is reportedly interested in signing with the Clippers in 2019. — by Tony Gutierrez  AP

Kawhi Leonard is reportedly interested in signing with the Clippers in 2019. — by Tony Gutierrez AP

Jimmy reportedly asked Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau for a trade on Wednesday. after just one season in Minnesota. Butler had requested a trade out of Minnesota even with training camp about to start on Tuesday, September 25.

It's great to see the majority of Bulls fans finally coming around on Jimmy Butler.

Butler, one of the top defensive players in the league, met with Thibodeau this week in order to discuss his future with the franchise but it appears no resolution was found. Butler's arrival helped guide the T-Wolves to a 47-35 season, which was their highest win total since 2003-04.

Taylor attended the Board of Governors meeting on Friday and - according to Wojnarowski - made his peers aware of plans to trade Butler as he doesn't have the "stomach for a dysfunctional season".

Whatever the case may be, it's evident the front office is playing the waiting game with Butler.

The question now is how long it takes Minnesota to move on from Butler. The Clippers, Knicks and Nets - the three teams Butler told the Wolves he is willing to sign with - have the salary-cap space to sign him to a maximum contract extension this summer.

Some of the problems that led to Butler's trade request may have stemmed from his teammates. Despite this, Butler still averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. However, Shams Charania reported that Towns does not want to make any decisions until the Butler situation is resolved. The move reunited Deng with three other former Bulls in Butler, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson. Earlier this offseason, it was rumored the guard could have interest in joining LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.

None of the teams that have been rumored to be in a deal for Jimmy B have any players on the same level (that could be involved in a package) as Jimmy B.

Butler is downplaying his fractured relationship with Towns as a reason for wanting a trade, league sources said.

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