Earlier this week, reports leaked that an NBA star asked to be traded from his team. Jimmy Butler turned down a contract extension to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves and now he reportedly wants out.
Rumors of Butler’s growing disdain for the organization became louder after the news broke. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler asked for a trade to one of three teams: Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, or Los Angeles Clippers – with an emphasis on L.A.
In a new report, Woj suggested the Minnesota brass have no intentions of trading their star.
The team reportedly views Butler as a vital piece of the organization and isn’t willing to risk its ability to make the playoffs for the second-consecutive year.
Here’s more from Woj.
Story filed to ESPN: Rival executives lobbing calls to Minnesota’s front office on possibility of trading for Jimmy Butler are getting inquires shut down. Minnesota is telling teams that Butler’s an elite player and franchise intends to keep him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018
The former Marquette star is in line to become a free agent following the 2018-19 season. This trade request brings up shades of Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs from earlier in the year.
Leonard asked for a trade, and the Spurs eventually relented. Could the same be the case here?
We’ll have to wait and see.