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Update: Timberwolves Owner Makes Jimmy Butler Available In Trade

After earlier reports that the Wolves’ star was off the market, the team’s owner personally told his fellow owners otherwise.

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UPDATE (5:15 pm): Adrian Wojnarowski released a late-afternoon update to the Jimmy Butler situation. Unlike earlier reports, Wolves owner Glen Taylor has told fellow owners that he is receptive to offers for his star.

As the Minnesota Timberwolves front office tells inquiring rivals that the franchise has no plans to trade All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor had a different message for owners and executives at the NBA’s board of governors meetings: Butler is available, and prospective suitors should contact Taylor himself should they struggle to make progress with general manager Scott Layden, sources told ESPN.

Obviously this leads to questions about the state of the Wolves’ front office. However, the conclusion is the same regardless.

“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 [Layden], and you’ve got something good, bring it to me,” another high-ranking league official told ESPN.

With the situation seemingly boiling over, Wojnarowski noted that many at the meeting expect resolution sooner rather than later.


Original story:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are not listening to trade offers for All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN cites league sources, reporting that Head Coach Tom Thibodeau “doesn’t want to trade Butler, especially in a scenario that would imperil the franchise’s ability to reach the playoffs for a second straight year”.

Butler met with Timberwolves executives earlier this week, causing a stir by requesting a trade. Wojnarowski reported that the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks topped Butler’s wish list, but the current article augments:

Butler wants a trade to a team that plans to sign him to a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million in the summer, and his list could expand based upon the Timberwolves’ and rival teams’ willingness to negotiate a trade for him, league sources said.

Wojnarowski’s article has far more on the thought processes of both the Timberwolves and Butler.