The Timberwolves Are Determined to Lose Jimmy Butler for Nothing

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First things first, it should be noted that if the Minnesota Timberwolves elect to move Jimmy B, the move would like include some sort of player (s) that will help them compete now.

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Jimmy Butler.

The Cavaliers were linked to Butler last summer, too.

On Friday, ESPN's Zach Lowe ran a piece of his own in which he predicted that the Rockets would certainly get involved in the sweepstakes. However, the 2019-2020 season is a player option, and it is expected that Butler would opt out of his contract to pursue another max deal.

Taylor and Butler want a deal completed before the Timberwolves' first day of practice on Tuesday, which would require the Timberwolves to use Sunday and Monday to become more aggressive in gathering offers. Thibodeau wanted no part of that, and he along with GM Scott Layden have shot down any other team that called, and not in a "we're not doing that. but what would you offer?" way, but in an "I'm hanging up now" way.

It remains to be seen how quick and decisive the Wolves will be able to get a deal with the three teams (Knicks, Brooklyn Nets & LA Clippers) that Butler has given them.

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Taylor's urgency to trade Butler is music to the ears of Oklahoma City fans.

Butler will be a free agent after this season and has told Thibodeau that, if kept, he will not be re-signing with a team that features young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, with whom he has clashed.

Apparently, Glen Taylor's word - and the hastiness with which he appears to moving - that Butler would be traded as soon as possible was enough.

The Towns news will undoubtedly be thankfully received by a Minnesota fan base desperate for some kind of positive news after several days of stories surrounding Butler's desire to leave the team.

That's now in the past, with Towns agreeing to the deal, which could grow to as much as $190 million over the next five years if Towns reaches certain thresholds during this upcoming season.

With Butler set to hit free agency next summer, Minnesota was always likely to choose Towns and commit to him for the foreseeable future.

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