Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves

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All three teams have cap space to sign Butler outright next offseason as a free agent.

The 29-year-old is now meeting with Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau to discuss his future with the team. Minnesota has showed no inclination to immediately honor the request.

For Thibodeau, it is understandable why he does not want to trade Butler.

The Thibodeau-Butler meeting was expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise's fragile state, sources said.

This is Butler's last season under contract in Minnesota.

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The never-ending drama that is the National Basketball Association offseason continued on Wednesday when The Athletic reported that All-Star guard Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved.

Butler has been unhappy with the Timberwolves since being traded from the Bulls in June 2017, leading to a breaking point with training camp beginning next week.

That happened, sort of, as the Wolves won 47 games and landed the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference before bowing out to the top-seeded Houston Rockets in just five games in the first round.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season. The 29-year-old was selected No. 30 overall in the 2011 draft by Chicago.

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