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Jimmy Butler’s trade request doesn’t have to do with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Jimmy Butler

Acording to several reports, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. News of Butler’s displeasure has been spreading in recent days. Some have said he wasn’t getting along with certain players on the team, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. True or not, it seems that wasn’t the reason he requested a trade.

Jon Krawczynski reports that Butler’s decision had very little to do with any sort of feud. The real issue lied in the contractual details.

Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau met with Butler in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss their options. According to Krawczynski, Jimmy Butler expressed his desire to be traded. He did not intend on signing a long-term extension.

Butler, who has a player option on his contract next season, has come up with a list of teams that he would like to sign a long-term deal with, according to Krawczynski.

At first, Thibodeau didn’t want any part of trading Butler, but it seems he is bent on finding a new team to play for. Without a doubt, several organizations will be interested in his services.

Jimmy Butler, now 29 years of age, made 59 appearances with the Timberwolves during their 2017-18 regular season campaign, racking up averages of 22.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the field (35.0 percent from beyond the arc), 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 steals in 36.7 minutes per outing.