However, it seems that coach and president Tom Thibodeau is dead set on keeping Butler and trying to compete. Towns was reportedly refusing to sign the deal until Jimmy Butler was jettisoned from the roster.
Prior to his time in Minnesota, the four-time All-Star spent six seasons with the Bulls.
None of the team's on Butler's list of preferred destinations would have a serious shot at taking down the Warriors, or even making an Eastern Conference playoff run.
Obviously other teams remain interested in Butler but, as of now, Miami and Cleveland are chasing the hardest. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team.
Thibodeau has reported told potential Butler suitors that the 29-year-old is not available.
It's unclear what kind of return Taylor is looking for in a Butler trade or what other teams are offering.
It remains to be seen what the Wolves can get in exchange for Butler, of course. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal. Now the most prominent player of the group wants out.
Whether Butler ends up with the Nets or not, the sheer fact that a superstar chose Brooklyn as a place he would like to play is a testament to the job Marks has done in Brooklyn. That will be the next challenge for Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. He will now be faced with one of the most hard decisions of his front office career as he begins the next phase of the Brooklyn rebuild.