Jimmy Butler Doesn't Want to Play With LeBron

Doug Mendoza
September 21, 2018

That's because in what's shaping up to be a loaded 2019 free agent class, Butler has circled both the Knicks and Nets as potential landing spots.

Butler's ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said. The nonchalant attitude of Karl-Anthony Towns and other members of the team's core have irritated Butler.

Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.

- Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to reports.

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Nevertheless, it remains uncertain how much - if anything - the Clippers would trade for a player whom the team could sign this summer without surrendering any assets. The Knicks are not willing to trade young stars like Kevin Knox or Kristaps Porzingis, the Nets finished 12th in the Eastern Conference past year and the Clippers don't have any potential All-Stars on their roster. According to Krawczynski, not all of the National Basketball Association teams that are interested in bringing Butler on board need a guarantee that he'll stick around long-term. But the organization can ship him anywhere, especially if another team can send a better trade package that will help the team.

Butler is looking to cash in on a major contract extension that would give him around $190 million over five years.

Leonard will have plenty of options to choose from as a free agent, but according to reports, there's already a clear front-runner for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year's services. The T-Wolves also received a first-round pick in the deal, which became centre Justin Patton. One reason Towns is dragging his feet on signing a contract that will pay him life-changing money is believed to be because of his feelings toward Butler. The 29-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season while leading the Timberwolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004.

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