Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves acquired Butler on draft night in 2017 from the Chicago Bulls.
Butler informed Tom Thibodeau he has no intention of signing a long-term contract with the Wolves as a free agent in 2019.
Butler had hoped the Wolves would sign him to a renegotiate and extension of his contract this offseason, but that would have required the team to cut an enormous amount of salary. The Wolves could only offer a four-year, $110 million extension based on their current cap situation, and Butler understandably turned that down as he could sign a far more lucrative deal next offseason.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler would prefer a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. All three teams have cap space to sign Butler outright next offseason as a free agent. Wojnarowski also reports Thibodeau has no interest in dealing Butler for now.
Nick Wiggins, brother of Andrew Wiggins, tweeted “Hallelujah” in response to the news, a post he later deleted.