Sources: Butler seeks move to Nets, NYK, Clips

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is requesting a trade, and his three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

He informed Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau of the request during a meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources said. Minnesota has showed no inclination to immediately honor the request.

The Athletic first reported Butler’s trade request.

Jimmy Butler has given the Timberwolves three preferred destinations in a potential trade: the Nets, Clippers and Knicks, league sources told ESPN. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Thibodeau-Butler meeting was expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise’s fragile state, sources said. Now Butler appears to be looking for his way out of Minnesota.

The coach-player relationship has been largely strong since the Chicago Bulls drafted Butler in 2011, but Butler’s partnership with young star Karl-Anthony Towns has been strained and could have been an obstacle for the Timberwolves’ ability to sign Butler to a new contract next summer, league sources said.

Minnesota can offer Butler a five-year, $189.7 million max contract — with a max deal elsewhere worth four years, $140.6 million.

In 2017, the Timberwolves traded for Butler, sending Chicago a package of Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a No. 7 overall pick that turned into Lauri Markkanen.

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