Rival execs think trade of Wolves' Butler may be inevitable

"The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July".

So, we asked Tuff Juice if the Purple & Gold should pick up the phone and call the Wolves. and he thinks it's a no-brainer, saying Butler would perfectly complement King James.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler formally requested a trade Wednesday - and that set off a series of events that eventually involved former National Basketball Association player Stephen Jackson, Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins and Andrew's brother Nick Wiggins.

Boston may be one of the front runner for his signature after Butler previously admitted he wants to play with Kyrie Irving.

If this is it for Butler in Minnesota, the partnership would have produced only 59 games over one.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers are the front-runners for Kawhi's services if he were to become a free agent next summer.

But they will now be seeking out teams to offer the best trade package for Butler.

Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months. In response to the news, Nick Wiggins, the brother of Minnesota swingman Andrew Wiggins, seemed to celebrate.

The Athletic's sources said that Butler, 29, gave the Timberwolves a list of teams he'd consider signing with for the long term.

All of this also ratchets up the pressure on Thibodeau, who was already seen as being in some hot water before Wednesday's developments. While both NY and Brooklyn will also have the cap space to sign another star alongside Butler next offseason, it's particularly newsworthy that Los Angeles is apparently the front-runner for Leonard next summer.

  • Stacy Allen