Lakers won't include Lonzo Ball in a trade for Jimmy Butler

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler

Butler put in a trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves after holding showdown talks with Tom Thibodeau earlier this week. It appears Towns is going to get his wish, although it's going to be hard for the Timberwolves to trade Butler before training camp starts next week.

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told executives that Butler "is available" and that interested parties "should contact Taylor himself if necessary" to discuss possible deals, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thibodeau traded recent first-round picks - including Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 overall pick that became Lauri Markkanen - in a 2017 deal with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Butler.

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Butler had a rocky first season in Minnesota. Thibodeau has had similar problems with Wiggins in the past, too, and he had some hope that bringing a tough-minded veteran like Butler into the locker room would spur Wiggins to improve. There have yet to be any concrete rumors regarding what the Wolves would seek in return for Butler if they were indeed to trade him, but they certainly don't have much in the way of leverage. In his first season with the Wolves a year ago, the four-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game to help the team improve by 16 wins from the season prior and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

If Butler lands in Brooklyn - be it via trade or a free agent next summer - the Nets would still have the necessary cap space to add another max contract talent. In other words, they are determined to lose him for absolutely nothing.

Butler has been intrigued by the possibility of teaming with another star.

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He also seems to want to avoid an awkward situation stemming from Butler showing up Monday.

Towns and Wiggins are great players and at this point better than Butler.

On a related note, Wojnarowski notes that Butler has little interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers following LeBron James' arrival.

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