Just when you thought all the NBA drama was going on in San Antonio and Toronto—where Kawhi Leonard and Demar DeRozan respectfully sit after being disrespected—comes this story out of Minnesota.
And that would be Timberwolves All-NBA swingman Jimmy Butler who has requested a trade. According to sources, Butler has given Minnesota a list of one to three teams—the Nets, Knicks, and Clippers—with which he’d be open to signing an extension.
And they better get on the phones as he also says he doesn’t intend to sign a new deal with the team next summer.
Butler, who informed the Wolves of his stance during a meeting on Tuesday to discuss his future, already turned down a contract extension offer from the team earlier this offseason. At first it seemed as though it was due to the fact that Minnesota is limited to offering four new years worth just over $100M at this point—but the club could go much higher with its offer in free agency—when Butler would be eligible for a five-year contract worth up to a projected $190M.
If he signs with a new club, Butler would be limited to approximately $141M over five years.
Guess he really wants out of Minnesota.
Source: Hoops Rumors