Jimmy Butler isn’t worth the price for the Toronto Raptors

Jo Caldwell
September 24, 2018

Minnesota acquired Butler a year ago from head coach Tom Thibodeau's former team, the Chicago Bulls.

Because of Thibodeau's uncertain long-term status with ownership, Taylor could have a different view on how to handle the trade request given the possibility that Butler could leave Minnesota in summer free agency without the Wolves getting back the kind of assets that would come with a trade.

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The news is different than what was reported of the Wolves' front office earlier on Friday, who reportedly told teams they meant to keep Butler.

None of the team's on Butler's list of preferred destinations would have a serious shot at taking down the Warriors, or even making an Eastern Conference playoff run. Taylor is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings today in NY, which include owners and top basketball executives. Those three teams - and many more around the league - could be willing to trade for Butler now under the right circumstances, league sources said.

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Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves has the ball against the New York Knicks during the game on January 12, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Taylor, who was involved with trades surrounding Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, plans to avoid that.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July.

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In Minnesota, he had issues with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns and just seems to be a negative influence on guys. He can opt out of his contract after the season and become a free agent. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team. Coupled with him having played heavy minutes for the past several years - mostly under Thibodeau - and approaching 30, there's an argument to be made against giving Butler a five-year max in the neighborhood of $200 million. He declined and by asking for a trade this early, Butler is doing the Wolves a favor in hoping to get assets in exchange instead of walking away and leaving the team empty-handed.

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