Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Butler may not attend training camp if he isn't traded

Butler may not attend training camp if he isn't traded

Thibodeau - who oversees Layden, the point person on trade talks with outside GMs - wants to hold onto Butler and navigate the season with him.

Teams calling about Butler's availability are getting their inquiries rebuffed, according to an ESPN report.

Caron Butler says LeBron James and Jimmy Butler would be a match made in heaven. telling TMZ Sports the Lakers should try to make a trade for the All-Star.

Often that's an opening message that's followed with a query on what a prospective trade partner might offer in a hypothetical deal, but that hasn't been the case in the Timberwolves' dialogues with teams late this week, sources said. Thibodeau is said to be resisting the idea.

Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler could be on the move before the season tips off. Butler informed Thibodeau that he wanted to be traded on Tuesday, a request that the coach and president of basketball operations has firmly opposed.

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It's a double-edged sword for the Minnesota front office.

The former Bulls forward, who was traded to the Timberwolves on Draft Night 2017, now reportedly has asked for a trade to either the Clippers, Knicks, or Nets. Taylor reportedly told those attending the recent NBA Board of Governors meeting that Butler is, in fact, available.

Butler is eligible for a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Wolves or with a team that acquires him in a trade.

Most teams interested in Butler would like to maximize their cap space for 2019 and will balk at taking back Dieng.

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