Boston Celtics: 3 reasons team should steer clear of Jimmy Butler

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Frustrated Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has officially requested a trade out of Minnesota, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.

Jimmy Butler knows that National Basketball Association players can force their way into trades.

Although a previous report suggested Butler was open to signing with the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James, the 14-time All-Star more recently was mentioned as the reason Butler was no longer bullish on joining the storied franchise.

Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota. Butler has made it clear he isn't a big fan of young players such as Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Wiggins. Training camp is only a week away, and with Jimmy Buckets being an unrestricted free agent next summer, Minnesota needs to move him as soon as possible to avoid losing him for nothing or watching his value depreciate too far. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close. Thibodeau, hotly pursued as a coaching free agent after leaving Chicago in 2015, went to Minnesota because he thought the team would be ready to contend quickly. Butler isn't going to get any younger and the wear-and-tear on his body is only going to increase.

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Butler's impact on the Wolves was easy to see last season.

As I alluded to earlier, the Cavs could also acquire Towns in this scenario, if there's truly a stand-off between he and Butler.

"For now, however, Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup, league sources said". He has already said there are at least two other teams he would consider re-signing with if traded to.

Taking on one of their less desirable contracts, like center Gorgui Dieng (he'll earn $48.5 million over the next three seasons), could be enticing enough for the Wolves to bite.

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