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Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

28 September 2018

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is reportedly seeking a contract extension with a different team.

After reportedly telling the Timberwolves that his preferred destinations, in order, were the Clippers, Knicks and Nets, Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, have informed the Wolves that he would like to be dealt to the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat, who have been among the most aggressive teams pursuing a trade for Butler, find the price too high.

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If Butler doesn't move and enters free-agency next summer, the Clippers could pitch him the idea of joining forces with Kawhi Leonard. Woj reported last week that the idea of joining Leonard in Los Angeles intrigued Butler. With the group the Celtics have clicking and looking like championship-contenders, there's no reason to trade for Butler right now.

Sources are skeptical of Tom Thibodeau's desire to make a deal. All three teams have long suffered from irrelevance, and now just a week after things were starting to look up, things are tumbling down again. It's been an emotional roller coaster and I believe I speak for all Minnesota Timberwolves' fans when I say that we want something done before the pre-season begins.

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So far, there's been no team close to willing to meet Thibodeau's massive return for a Butler deal.

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In 59 games for Minnesota last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals to help the team end a playoff drought that went back to 2004.

Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations