According to a report from The Athletic, Butler met with Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau earlier this week to talk about the direction the team is heading.
According to ESPN, that list includes the Nets, Clippers and Knicks, all of which have the cap space to sign Butler. How much should the Wolves expect to receive for a 29-year-old who will want to sign an enormous contract next summer, even if that 29-year-old is one of the best 10 or 15 players in the league? Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July. But the promise of potential and future success alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins appears to not be what interests Butler at this time. While there is risk involved in placing a big bet on someone who has played as many minutes as Butler has, this is a genuine superstar who could help the team turn the page from culture-building to real competitiveness.
Let's talk through three trade scenarios that the Wolves should consider whenever they decide to blow up this roster by moving Butler, whether that is before the start of the regular season, in the middle of the winter, or at February's trade deadline.