Unless you spent your Wednesday under
a rock a massive mound of boulders, you’re aware that 4x All-Star Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With all indications, that after only a single season, the Butler era in Minnesota is about to be as finished as Daniel Carlson’s stint with the Purple, it’s seemingly onto the next one for the
Where will Jimmy Butler be traded?
Before attempting to answer that franchise altering question, it seems important to note that there’s no proverbial gun currently being held to Tom Thibodeau’s head. Minnesota’s coach and President of Basketball Operations has all the right to take the Butler gifted trade button, and chuck it at the wall like it’s a f*cken computer.
According to a #Twolves insider; Coach Tom Thibodeau and Wolves General Manager Scott Layden got in a heated screaming match that led to Thibs throwing a computer monitor through a glass office wall. Via Travis Czech. pic.twitter.com/pDPyBZlQKB
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Although the possibility of Thibs not granting Jimmy’s request very much exists, and he apparently “has no interest” in making a deal, to me, the odds of Butler starting the pending campaign in Minnesota come off as a Kevin Durant kind of slim.
That is because, first of all, the Marquette alum is entering the last year of his current contract. In the rare event the Wolves don’t deal him, no doubt he
walks sprints away the second the 2018-19 season ceases, and the Timberwolves receive nothing in return. Secondly, with all the soap opera-esque drama in the aftermath of Wednesday’s breaking news (Wiggins’ brother’s Tweet, Kat Girlfriend rumors), there isn’t a world out there where Jimmy is getting along with either of the Wolves talented youngsters.
Anywho, back to this trade bullshit:
In addition to that trifecta of major market destinations, other reports have also included Pat Riley & his Miami Mafia as a Butler approved suitor.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, “Butler is most determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. The appeal of partnering with a second star – the Clippers have two max contract slots available in summer free agency – is an intriguing scenario for him.”
While wanting to go to join the Lakers’ degenerate little brother is all fine and dandy, for that to occur, Steve Ballmer and the Clippers’ brass need to position themselves as the highest bidder.
Considering their lackluster inventory of players and picks, it’s somewhat difficult to see that happening:
With the reports surfacing that the Knicks have no interest in trading for pending 2019 free agents, and in the event the Nets aren’t willing to partake with a couple of draft picks, the highest bidder could easily come from outside of Butler’s preferred destinations.
For example, the two most storied franchises in NBA history, the Lakers & Celtics, are already each flushed with young talent. Both squads have than enough juice to make a deal work, and would become immediate contenders to Golden State with the addition of Mr. Buckets.
When it’s all said and done, it seems pretty evident that Wolves should appease Butler’s request to be traded. However, it seems even more evident that Minnesota should absolutely disregard his opinion on what opponent’s jersey he ends up wearing this season.
Determining your destination is the approach for free agents. Like it was recently for San Antonio, completely disregarding your unhappy star player’s preferred landing spots, and maximizing assets received is (hopefully) the approach for Minnesota.