Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns

Butler's impact on the Wolves was easy to see last season. ESPN's Adiran Wojnarowski reported that Butler is "most determined to find a way" to the Clippers.

Frustrated Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has officially requested a trade out of Minnesota, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.

The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics have been among several teams linked with signing Butler. While both NY and Brooklyn will also have the cap space to sign another star alongside Butler next offseason, it's particularly newsworthy that Los Angeles is apparently the front-runner for Leonard next summer.

This certainly makes Butler's interest in the Clippers particularly interesting.

Butler's shortlist of preferred destinations includes up to three teams.

But the chances of both players joining the Clippers appears less likely.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Clippers are guaranteed to land Butler - according to numerous reports, Thibodeau has remained reluctant to actually trade the two-way star.

"I think just hearing the balance, it's just a ways away, man", Irving said earlier this summer when talking about a season of 'will he or won't he?' in regards to his future.

Butler is the latest in a line of stars to turn down the opportunity to play with James. Jackson suggested that Nick Wiggins shouldn't have sent the tweet since Butler "plays with a lot of heart" and Andrew Wiggins "plays with no heart", with Jackson ending by saying, "Keep that same energy".

Instead, he prefers to go to a team that has the necessary cap space to re-sign him to a five-year max extension that could be worth as much as $190 million.

  • Angelo Rivera