As first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski, a meeting between the Minnesota Timberwolves' star wing and their head coach did not settle matters between the two parties, and now Jimmy Butler trade rumors are running wild. While Butler seems to know where he wants to go, an National Basketball Association season is long and he could fall in love with somewhere else.
The drama that instigated Jimmy Butler's exit from the Minnesota Timberwolves was ultimately a mix of factors, but while some reports claim his only reason for seeking a trade is the contractual aspect of it, there have been other rumblings. Based on their findings, it's become clear that Jimmy Butler wants to play with a franchise that has cap space to pay both him and another player a max contract. Towns and Wiggins are great players and at this point better than Butler.
When the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler past year before the season began many people speculated about how good the team could be. The Celtics point guard hasn't made any verbal commitment to Boston and the thought of teaming up with Butler along with All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis could be enough for the Knicks to pry him away from Boston.
Then there's the option of moving Rodney Hood, who would have to waive his no-trade clause and be sent in a package with a player like George Hill.
The Knicks have to be concerned, too, about Butler's past history with young players.
Butler remains a star player who has an unquestioned work ethic on the floor, but he turned 29 last week and has played in all 82 regular-season games only once in seven seasons.
Towns' poor rapport with Butler surely had an effect as well, as these are often the problems that arise on teams that fall well short of their goal.
As I alluded to earlier, the Cavs could also acquire Towns in this scenario, if there's truly a stand-off between he and Butler. The Minnesota Timberwolves will fade into petty obscurity, unable to take the court due to their unabashed hatred of one another.