Wiggins signed a four-year, $147 million extension last offseason.
Wojnarowski reports that Butler told the Timberwolves he would consider signing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets in hopes of facilitating a deal. Thibodeau's initial reaction to the trade request was that he wanted to win now, and trading Butler would nearly assuredly bring back a package that would diminish the Timberwolves' chances in the short term, league sources said.
Taylor's urgency to trade Butler is music to the ears of Oklahoma City fans.
He also seems to want to avoid an awkward situation stemming from Butler showing up Monday.
When you consider the financial implications for the point guard to be traded now rather than sit and wait for free agency to arrive, it makes complete sense for him to hand in a trade request.
Towns' willingness to finally sign his max deal means that he nearly certainly has been assured he's never going to have to see Butler in the Wolves' locker room ever again.
Butler has clashed with Towns and Wiggins as teammates, league sources said.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and two steals on 47.4 percent shooting across 59 appearances for the 47-win Timberwolves in 2017-18.
That Minnesota got the deal signed without giving Towns a player option on the fifth year also has to be seen as a significant victory for the front office, led by Coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has made it clear - he wants a deal done to move Jimmy Butler - and quickly. He was the No. 1 pick out of Kentucky in 2015 and the next year was named Rookie of the Year.