With Butler requesting a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, he is reportedly "most determined" to join the Los Angeles Clippers, but also included the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations.
Thibodeau has multiple years left on his contract, so it is unlikely Minnesota lets him go, even if he takes a decidedly anti-trade stance on Butler. The meeting apparently didn't go well, as the swingman reportedly has requested a trade, with his eye preferably on the Los Angeles Clippers.
July 8, 2017 - Minnesota signs Jamal Crawford to a 2 year, 8.8 million dollar contract, with a player option for year two.
"For now, they are very unwilling [to trade Butler]".
The 29-year-old is now meeting with Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau to discuss his future with the team. The Wolves made the playoffs last season after a 13-year absence and Thibodeau knows a step backward in 2018-19, something that nearly certainly will happen without Butler, likely will cost him his job.
No player in the National Basketball Association has averaged more minutes per game over that span than Butler's 37.6, with Harden second at 37.0. He only lasted one season with the Timberwolves.
Instead, Wolves officials are informing teams the franchise intends to keep the four-time All-Star.
There have also been questions about Butler's relationship with younger teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. The four-time all-star has averaged 20-plus point per game in each of the past four seasons, which an average true shooting percentage of 58.0.