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Kings Interested In Facilitating Three-Way Jimmy Butler Trade

Sep 25, 2018 9:28 AM

The Sacramento Kings are interested in helping to facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and whichever team agrees to trade for him will possibly need a third team to take on salary. The Wolves are intent on trading Gorgui Dieng, who has three years and $48 million left on his contract.

The Kings are the only team in the NBA who can absorb the $11 million into cap space while they also possess several expiring contracts such as Zach Randolph, Iman Shumpert and Kosta Koufos.

The Kings are without their first round pick in 2019.

Assistant GM Brandon Williams has informed teams that the Kings aren't adverse to parking contracts that extend into the 2019-20 season.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Rejects Tom Thibodeau's Pitch On Rejoining Wolves

Sep 25, 2018 9:11 AM

Tom Thibodeau pitched Jimmy Butler on Monday about rejoining the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler, who has requested a trade, declined the overtures from Thibodeau.

Butler is uninterested in practicing or playing with the Timberwolves again.

Butler plans on leaving the Wolves in free agency in 2019 regardless. But one league source said Thibodeau "isn't giving up."

Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, who is the point man for trade conversations, continue to leave rival executives and owners unclear on what the Wolves seek in a deal. League sources say Layden is asking for stars, starters, draft picks and cap relief for Butler.

Butler underwent his physical in Minnesota on Monday, missing the team's media day with ownership permission. 

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler

Sep 24, 2018 11:14 AM

The Miami Heat have been as aggressive as any other team in pursuing a trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Butler.

Butler requested a trade from the Wolves last week.

Glen Taylor and Butler want a deal completed before the Timberwolves' first day of practice on Tuesday.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Wait On Extension Was About Getting Everything Perfect

Sep 24, 2018 10:09 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns waited until late September to sign a supermax contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Towns said multiple times that there were things that had to be discussed.

“It took a lot longer than I expected, but at the end of the day it was all about getting everything perfect and the understanding was the same,” Towns said. “In talking to each other about the commitment to winning, that was the biggest thing, and having that commitment to each other.”

Towns talked about his leadership role despite being just 22 years old still.

“I have more experience, I’m older, I’ve been in the league longer, I have a little more dog years on me,” Towns said. “It’s not the money. The money doesn’t make me a leader. It’s the everyday grind I show to my teammates that earns me that respect to make my voice heard.”

The relationship between Towns and Tom Thibodeau has been a point of discussion.

“Me and Thibs may not see eye-to-eye every day, but the one thing I know is we have tremendous respect for each other,” Towns said. “Regardless of what happens, that respect is there. I know when I look in Thibs’ eyes and he looks in mine, we both have the same goal and that’s to win. Me and Thibs have a good understanding what we’re looking for out of each other.”

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Aligning Focus On Trading Jimmy Butler

Sep 22, 2018 9:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are aligning their focus on trading Jimmy Butler.

Butler requested a trade this week with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on his list.

The Wolves signed Karl-Anthony Towns to a five-year, $190 million supermax extension on Saturday.

There have been reports that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden had no interest in trading Butler, while Glen Taylor has been pushing for a fast resolution. 

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Karl-Anthony Towns Agrees To Five-Year, $190M Supermax Extension With Wolves

Sep 22, 2018 9:45 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Leon Rose informed the Wolves of Towns' intention to sign the extension on Saturday night.

In a statement, Towns said: "On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.

"I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you. Thank you for believing in me."

The deal does not include a player option but it does have a trade kicker.

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Jimmy Butler Granted Permission To Skip Wolves' Media Day

Sep 22, 2018 1:55 PM

Jimmy Butler has been granted permission to not participate in media day with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Butler also will not be available for on-court activities at the start of training camp.

Butler requested a trade and the front office of the Wolves is resisting the idea of trading him while owner Glen Taylor appears determined to move him.

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Wolves Hope To Include Gorgui Dieng In Jimmy Butler Trade

Sep 21, 2018 9:55 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves would like to include Gorgui Dieng in any trade involving Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves signed Dieng to a four-year, $64 million extension in October of 2016, which means Dieng still has $48 million over the next three seasons remaining on his contract.

Most teams interested in Butler would like to maximize their cap space for 2019 and will balk at taking back Dieng.

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Tags: Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Glen Taylor Tells Owners Jimmy Butler Available In Trade

Sep 21, 2018 7:30 PM

Glen Taylor has informed rival owners that Jimmy Butler is available in trade talks and that he should be contacted with offers if necessary.

The front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves, however, has told inquiring teams they have no plans of trading Butler.

Butler requested a trade this week.

Taylor was also involved in the trades of Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

"The owner's trading him," one board of governors attendee told ESPN on Friday. "That was made clear. It's just a matter of when."

"He basically said, 'If you don't get anywhere with [Scott Layden], and you've got something good, bring it to me," another high-ranking league official told ESPN.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Inform Teams Jimmy Butler Not Available In Trade

Sep 21, 2018 11:40 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have so far resisted trade inquiries on Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves are telling teams that Butler is an elite player and they intend to keep him.

Glen Taylor will play a big role in the potential trade process of Butler as he did with past situations involving Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

Butler prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets next on his list.

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