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.
Both the Knicks and Nets are on that list, according to ESPN, with the Clippers as the third potential destination. Butler didn't have LeBron on his list of teams he'd like to be traded to. "Therefore a team acquiring Butler would not need to utilize cap space in the 2019-20 season for such a contract".
Butler was traded to the Timberwolves from the Chicago Bulls in 2017, but it was a frustrating debut season for him.
But while Butler has decided he doesn't want to be in Minnesota, telling the Timberwolves this now has - at least for now - limited his options.
According to multiple reports from throughout the summer, Butler and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns do not see eye to eye, but it remains to be seen if that played a role in his reported trade request. Charania adds that Butler made his desire to be traded clear to Thibodeau during their meeting.
He helped lead the Timberwolves to the NBA Playoffs previous year for the first time in 13 seasons, despite missing significant time with a torn meniscus. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close.