Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach, has said publicly that he is working on dealing Butler but will only do what's best for his team. It was never a secret that Butler grew unhappy with the Wolves, and rumors of his imminent exit began circling months before his actual trade request.
The 6-foot-8 small forward had a wonderful campaign with the Timberwolves a year ago, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) drives against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Miami, however, has found it hard to get Minnesota to "clearly communicate". Most of the players on the team came from untraditional beginnings, whether it be the second round of the draft, the G-League, global play, etc.
But beyond the strained relationships with teammates and members of the front office, Butler has bigger reasons to want out of Minnesota - nearly 50 million reasons, actually. Thibodeau said Butler would be away from the team for at least a week because he's still rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand.
If Cleveland is going to make trades, they need to not swing at one-year rental possibilities.
Meanwhile, Butler has reportedly informed the Timberwolves that the Miami Heat are his preferred destination -though league sources told Amico Hoops that the Timberwolves are not taking Butler's wishes into account. It's also been reported that the Phoenix Suns are looking to be involved in a deal that would land them a starting-caliber point guard.