Timberwolves sign Towns to extension

Jimmy Butler

The biggest question is what or who the Cavs have that the Wolves would want. He played in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

If the Wolves trade him to any other team besides those, Butler will not sign an extension.

Cleveland was devastated by the departure of LeBron James, but hurt even further when it comes to basketball operations, as they got nothing but cap space in return for him bolting to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

Butler's request came at a tricky time for the Timberwolves.

Prior to his time in Minnesota, the four-time All-Star spent six seasons with the Bulls.

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Butler is eyeing the Knicks, Nets and Clippers. Players will have their photos taken in their uniforms and it could be awkward to see Butler having his picture taken when given his intentions to leave the team.

Butler's contract is set to expire after this season and Thibodeau was looking to lock him up on a long-term contract last July.

With his trade demand this past week, it's clear the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler are headed for a parting of ways.

Butler arrived in Minnesota in a 2017 draft day trade with the Chicago Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the the No. 7 pick that turned out to be forward Lauri Markkanen.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that Towns will be signing a five-year super-max extension worth $190 million.

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The Knicks have maintained both publicly and privately that they will remain patient in their pursuit of stars - a change from experience - and will not trade first round picks.

Towns has never missed a game for the Timberwolves since entering the Association first overall in 2015. He made the Western Conference All-Stars and earned third-team All-NBA honors. "Jimmy Butler is not a dumb guy".

Philadelphia is interested in that it has the assets to make a move for a player of Butlers ilk.

The appeal of trading for Butler lies with the 2019 free agent class. Brooklyn has room for two max contracts.

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