Wolves telling teams they intend to keep Jimmy Butler

What led to Jimmy Butler’s trade request to the Timberwolves and the possible trade scenarios ahead

What led to Jimmy Butler’s trade request to the Timberwolves and the possible trade scenarios ahead

Taylor declined comment to ESPN on Friday as he left the midtown Manhattan hotel that hosted the league's meetings.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Team owner Glen Taylor has engaged in discussions with teams about a possible trade, but those teams have been rebuffed by Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden when contacted directly, a freaky dynamic that has several executives around the league scratching their heads. Thibodeau is said to be resisting the idea.

Recent reports cite that Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns do not get along and the latter won't agree to a contract extension until Butler is gone. While the Timberwolves reportedly don't want to trade Butler, the Marquette product will be a free agent next offseason and it doesn't sound like he wants to make the Twin Cities his long-term home.

Butler would like to be traded to Knicks, Nets, Clippers or HEAT so he can be the MAN in a big city.

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Upon reading Shams Charania tweet about Butler's trade request, the former Wichita State guard commented, "Hallelujah".

Taylor has overseen high-profile Minnesota stars getting traded in the past, including Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. This seems to indicate that Butler will force Taylor's hand and trade him prior to the season starting.

Butler told Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day Monday and that he plans to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, league sources said.

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