Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota. However, they were not one of the three teams Butler listed as preferred trade destinations.
With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place.
According to an ESPN report, Butler has requested to be traded to either the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. If he opted to sign elsewhere, he could receive four years and $140.6 million. Charania adds that Butler made his desire to be traded clear to Thibodeau during their meeting.
This is Butler's last season under contract in Minnesota.
That happened, sort of, as the Wolves won 47 games and landed the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference before bowing out to the top-seeded Houston Rockets in just five games in the first round.
The Wolves acquired Butler on draft night in 2017.
After six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Butler played his first season in Minnesota previous year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games.
Timberwolves training camp is scheduled to begin next week.