Jimmy Butler’s trade request creates even more uncertainty for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Boston may be one of the front runner for his signature after Butler previously admitted he wants to play with Kyrie Irving.

The Clips have emerged as "front-runners" to sign Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard when he hits free agency next summer, Wojnarowski reported Wednesday, so it's more plausible L.A. uses its two maximum contract slots to sign Butler and Leonard, rather than Butler and Irving.

Not long after, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski had the three teams on the list: the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers.

According to the reports, Butler met with Minnesota team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday and told Thibodeau he doesn't want to start the season with the Wolves. The most baffling detail to come out of prelim discussions is that he prefers the Clippers to the Lakers in choosing, partly because they can offer max deals to more than one pending free agent. The Clippers have a few attractive options they could muster in a trade if they choose to play ball with Minnesota's diminishing hourglass. While both NY and Brooklyn will also have the cap space to sign another star alongside Butler next offseason, it's particularly newsworthy that Los Angeles is apparently the front-runner for Leonard next summer. They could also just wait for next summer without compromising their future.

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The idea of creating a team to rival LeBron James in Los Angeles might be particularly appealing to both Butler and Leonard.

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The Knicks may not be interested in trading for Butler, based on statements made by general manager Steve Mills on Monday.

  • Lawrence Cooper