Nevertheless, the meeting failed as Butler was "sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request" (Jon Krawczynski).
Jimmy Butler is reportedly "uninterested" in practicing or playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor to trade him sooner than later because he intends to walk as a free agent next summer anyway.
One year ago today, Boston Celtics president and general manager Danny Ainge made an appearance on 98.5 The Hub and said "Minnesota gave up too much Jimmy Butler" (h/t Reddit NBA). I actually referred to this earlier this month, prior to Jimmy Butler demanding a trade.
Butler's concerns come from an off-the-court standpoint, where, for the second season in a row, Butler has created conflict with his teammates that are going to leave him on his third team in as many years. Not just because Butler prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat, per The New York Times' Marc Stein.
Although, it's not clear if that would be enough to cause the Wolves to pull the trigger on a deal.
Jimmy Butler declined an invitation to reconsider his trade demand and opted to reiterate his position to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Last season in 59 games for Minnesota, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists, shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Timberwolves are looking into making it happen.
Butler, meanwhile, took a physical with the Wolves on Monday before Thibodeau declared that the player is still doing rehab work after having minor surgery on his hand during the offseason. Why not play out one more year with the Timberwolves, decline the 2019-20 player option and hit the open market in the offseason? Many do understand why he's asking for a significant return on Butler instead of moving him out quickly in a deal.
I still think that the Miami Heat are favorites to land Butler. The Wolves are unlikely to get back anything close to Butler's value, especially if they are forced to deal with one of the teams that the forward has said he'll sign an extension with.