What's the deal? Jimmy Butler reportedly requests trade from Timberwolves

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Whether Jimmy Butler actually wants traded or is just playing a game of National Basketball Association chicken remains to be seen.

"Any team acquiring Butler would be able to move forward with a maximum extension next summer, with his Bird Rights accompanying him in a trade".

That's why Brooklyn, New York, and Los Angeles were listed as the frontrunner to obtain his services.

After re-signing point guard Chris Paul to a four-year, $160-million contract, and reaching agreement on a five-year, $90-million contract with center Clint Capela, Houston is in no position to max Butler in 2019 free agency.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Clippers are guaranteed to land Butler - according to numerous reports, Thibodeau has remained reluctant to actually trade the two-way star. Now, with just a few weeks before the start of the regular season, Butler has told the Timberwolves he doesn't plan to re-sign with the organization when he can opt out of the final year of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent in July. Leonard could always return to the Raptors, but it appears the Clippers are the current favorites.

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Butler met with Thibodeau in Los Angeles yesterday for showdown talks regarding his future.

Oh, and there's also the report that Butler and Irving had an interest in teaming up somewhere within the East.

If the Wolves want veterans who can keep the team in playoff contention, the most likely players that the Clippers would offer include veterans Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley or Danilo Gallinari.

With the remaining money that LA would have after extending Butler, there would be enough left over to sign another player to a max deal - and there is no shortage of top-tier talent available next summer.

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