One year later, Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves


It only took about 15 months for the Jimmy Butler Drama to shift from Chicago to Minnesota.

After a turbulent end to his career with the Bulls, leading to a 2017 Draft Night trade, Jimmy Butler has reportedly asked to be traded from the Timberwolves.

Butler reportedly wanted to be traded to the Nets, Knicks or Clippers. Those are the only three teams, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler is willing to sign an extension with.

Butler's first season in Minnesota was a turbulent one, though the 28-year-old still averaged 22.2 points per game and was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season.

But he also battled through a handful of injuries that limited him to just 59 games, and he was severely hobbled in Minnesota's first round playoff series loss to the top-seeded Houston Rockets.

Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $100 million extension from Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves in July, though that was to be expected due to the expected rise in salary cap next summer.

So with just one year remaining on his contract, Butler is looking elsewhere. The Timberwolves had a decision to make considering they invested heavily in Butler when they dealt Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (which turned out to be Lauri Markkanen) last June.

Meanwhile, budding superstar Karl-Anthony Towns is reportedly waiting on a decision to sign an extension with the Timberwolves until the Butler drama plays out.

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