Thibodeau on Butler: 'We Are Going to Honor His Request'

Rex Christensen
September 26, 2018

Butler's trade request came awfully late, only a week before the start of training camp, putting the Timberwolves front office in a precarious position heading into the regular season.

Butler is uninterested in practicing or playing with the Timberwolves again. But one league source said Thibodeau "isn't giving up".

Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden (left) and head coach Tom Thibodeau at the first day of training camp Tuesday.

This was soon followed by Thibodeau's last-ditch effort meeting with Butler, which took place before his Media Day obligations, hoping there would be something that could salvage their relationship in Minnesota.

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The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers are two teams with supposedly strong interest in Butler.

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks - three teams that have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July - are Butler's preferred destinations, but that hasn't stopped other teams from inquiring.

Another report from longtime National Basketball Association writer Chris Sheridan suggested the Nets are the most suitable destination for Butler, with a potential deal perhaps including Nets guard D'Angelo Russell. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is said to be heavily involved with much of the trade talks with opposing teams.

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