Karl-Anthony Towns Agrees To $190M Max Deal With Timberwolves

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Jimmy Butler himself prefers to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets.

Jimmy Butler has made it clear he does not want to be in Minnesota, by requesting a trade 10 months before he can become an unrestricted free agent. In fact, while Towns signing on to stay with the Timberwolves is a positive development, it should only accelerate trade talks involving Butler with other teams. According to ESPN, Towns has agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension.

Thibodeau's initial reaction to the trade request was that he wanted to win now, and trading Butler would nearly assuredly bring back a package that would diminish the Timberwolves' chances in the short term, league sources said.

Butler's contract is set to expire after this season and Thibodeau was looking to lock him up on a long-term contract last July. He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Timberwolves last season.

Whatever the case may be, it's evident the front office is playing the waiting game with Butler.

"He also wants to have influence". Thibodeau's initial reaction to the trade request was that he wanted to win now, and trading Butler would nearly assuredly bring back a package that would diminish the Timberwolves' chances in the short term, league sources said.

It is odd that the team would be unwilling to move Butler, especially after it was made public that he did not intend to re-sign with the team when he enters free agency in the summer of 2019. This would remove leverage from the Timberwolves, giving Butler more power.

The Timberwolves acquired Butler in June 2017.

Towns and Wiggins are great players and at this point better than Butler.

In early September, Thibodeau added one of his former Bulls players by signing Luol Deng after he was released by the Los Angeles Lakers. His arrival turned the Wolves from a 30-win team to a 48-win team previous year, a win total that would've been significantly higher had Butler remained healthy.

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