Jimmy Butler has been in the news multiple times, and his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns has been involved in trade rumors, too.
Despite the Timberwolves only trading for the point guard last season, Butler has handed in a trade request.
The marriage between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves is on life support, spiraling toward a nasty breakup only 15 months after it began.
Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler formally requested a trade Wednesday - and that set off a series of events that eventually involved former National Basketball Association player Stephen Jackson, Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins and Andrew's brother Nick Wiggins. Those teams would each have the cap space to give Butler a maximum contract extension come next summer. His three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the New York Knicks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thibodeau is reportedly refusing to trade Butler at the moment.
Despite being touted as an elite defender and athlete in college at Kansas, Wiggins has regressed since Butler joined the Timberwolves.
Butler arrived in Minnesota in a 2017 draft day trade with the Chicago Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the the No. 7 pick that turned out to be forward Lauri Markkanen. L.A. could also offer 2018 lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Alexander.
Butler likes the Clippers' odds of signing a second superstar during the 2019 offseason as they have two max contract slots.
Butler is downplaying his fractured relationship with Towns as a reason for wanting a trade, league sources said.