Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves

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Butler went to IG when Wiggins brother celebrated the news Butler wanted out.

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. Reports indicate Butler has requested to be traded, and there are up to three teams where he would potentially sign a maximum contract extension.

Though Butler's demanding style has worn on teammates in Minnesota, nobody has ever accused Leonard of lacking work ethic or competitiveness.

The Sixers may want Butler more than he wants them, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. If only one year is guaranteed, the Timberwolves will get a below average trade return. But it also risks Minnesota trading Butler and his Bird Rights to another team and him re-signing there.

So despite his request for a trade, it seems likely Butler will remain in Minnesota - and likely will for some time to come. Butler has three preferred destination for a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

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.

The Cavs theoretically couldn't trade a first-round that would help Thibodeau's team next season either, as they only keep their first-round pick next year if they have one of the worst ten win-loss records in the league.

Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ.

From the Timberwolves' perspective, the 22-year-old Russell is an appealing player because he's on the same developmental track as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.