Knicks respond to Jimmy Butler trade request with restraint

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Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota

According to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler has given the T-Wolves a list of one-to-three teams with which he would sign a contract extension.

Since he's spent so much of his career under Thibs, Butler also has more tread on the tires than your typical 29-year-old wing.

We told y'all a few months ago that Jimmy Butler wanted out of Minnesota.

Irving, who will be a highly sought-after free agent next summer, will be considering his options next summer.

Jimmy Butler Prefers Trade to the Clippers
So despite his request for a trade, it seems likely Butler will remain in Minnesota - and likely will for some time to come. If they keep Butler for the entirety of this season, they may still find themselves outside of the playoff picture.

But should Taylor dismiss Thibodeau immediately if he refuses to trade Butler in the short term?

Jimmy Butler has shown his frustration towards the Timberwolves this offseason to the point of where he asked for a trade yesterday. Butler has reportedly named the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers as his preferred landing spots. According to ESPN, Butler prefers the Clippers.

Throughout the upcoming season, there will be conflicting reports about Butler and Leonard.

"But the willingness of those teams to get involved with Jimmy Butler when they have the space to sign him next summer, those kind of teams who can sign him outright will be reluctant to give up significant assets or any assets at all to get him right now".

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The Clippers have a roster that includes a blend of good, hard-playing veterans (Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams) and talented young guards who could appeal to Thibodeau's desire to surround All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins with playoff-competent talent. Both are set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019, when they'll be among a stacked class of players free to sign with new teams. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close.

Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but don't expect this move to be the beginning of a rebuild. Thibodeau is famously, and relentlessly, competitive, and it is hard to envision him being willing to part with a player who embodies everything he values in a player and whom he traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft to acquire.

It's a team that has had its share of issues over the years, but this one ranks up there. He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Timberwolves last season.

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