Jimmy Butler requests trade, but not to Houston

Tom Thibodeau Jimmy Butler Timberwolves

Tom Thibodeau Jimmy Butler Timberwolves

Butler had once imagined playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, but LeBron James' arrival as the franchise's cornerstone made it less appealing for Butler in the prime of his career, league sources said.

The Bulls may now be in a healthier organizational position without their successful head coach and former star player, with the team that jumped at both of them in complete turmoil.

Because over the six-month span from November to April, that was the only Towns basket Butler assisted during clutch situations (a game within five points in the final five minutes).

Ed Davis signed with Brooklyn on a one-year deal on July 23, meaning he can not be traded before December 15, per Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ. In all three cases, the Spurs, the Cavs and the Pacers got the best deal they could make.

Of course, National Basketball Association tampering rules prevent Knicks officials from discussing any interest they may have in Butler, which is why reporters did not ask specifically about him Thursday - although everyone in the room knew exactly who they were talking about. The Cavs and the Pacers also had plenty of time to work out something to their likings when moving Irving and George.

But should Taylor dismiss Thibodeau immediately if he refuses to trade Butler in the short term? Butler wouldn't really fit into either of those criteria.

Butler was their leading scorer last season.

That's three lottery picks from a four-year period taken by Minnesota, with LaVine going 13th overall in 2014 and Dunn selected with the fifth overall pick in 2016. But an injury to Butler and some in-fighting limited the Wolves and the fell to an eighth seed in the Western Conference. They mended fences and won titles.

However, don't count out Kawhi's current team, the Raptors, out of the picture yet, as they're already doing everything they can in order to retain the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Chris Paul and Chris Webber have forced trades, too. With Butler joining the group, no matter which of Sexton, Love and Hood are traded, the wouldn't have that pick.

T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been resistant to the idea of trading Butler but is running out of options with the team's training camp set to start on Tuesday.

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