Kyrie Irving Claims He Hasn't Talked To Jimmy Butler About Free Agency

Kyrie Irving Claims He Hasn't Talked To Jimmy Butler About Free Agency

Kyrie Irving Claims He Hasn't Talked To Jimmy Butler About Free Agency

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is open to trading superstar Jimmy Butler according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Towns news will undoubtedly be thankfully received by a Minnesota fan base desperate for some kind of positive news after several days of stories surrounding Butler's desire to leave the team.

It had been a tumultuous team-up for Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The former Bulls forward, who was traded to the Timberwolves on Draft Night 2017, now reportedly has asked for a trade to either the Clippers, Knicks, or Nets.

Maybe the reason Butler didn't list the Lakers on his preferred destinations because he, too, knew how unrealistic it was, or maybe he actually doesn't want to play second fiddle to James, as reports have suggested. This way, the Wolves could learn which teams would interest Butler in signing an extension next summer, which is information that would allow the Wolves to get the best possible return on assets for Butler. There was clear friction between Butler and Towns - the same friction exists with Andrew Wiggins, but the underachieving Wiggins is a secondary factor in all of this - and that needed to be cleared up.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.

As well as handing in his trade request, the four-time All-Star has stated three teams he would be willing to sign a contract extension with should he be traded there.

The Miami Heat have been interested in Butler too, league sources said, although the Heat don't have the salary-cap space in July to pursue him. They were bounced by the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round. He declined and by asking for a trade this early, Butler is doing the Wolves a favor in hoping to get assets in exchange instead of walking away and leaving the team empty-handed.

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