Jimmy Butler may not report to training camp for Timberwolves

Did Lauri Markkanen send a message to the Timberwolves after Jimmy Butler’s trade demand?

ESPN ran a statement from Towns that read: "On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves". Wojnarowski reports that Butler is indeed available, and prospective suitors should contact Taylor himself if they struggle to make progress with general manager Scott Layden.

"The Lakers can't trade any of their recently signed free agents until winter, meaning they'd have to trade most of their young guys - including both Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball - to get him now". "That was made clear".

Towns' willingness to finally sign his max deal means that he nearly certainly has been assured he's never going to have to see Butler in the Wolves' locker room ever again.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler formally requested a trade Wednesday - and that set off a series of events that eventually involved former National Basketball Association player Stephen Jackson, Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins and Andrew's brother Nick Wiggins.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million. The 22-year-old center and the team reportedly agreed to a five-year supermax extension that will pay Towns $190 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

A first-round draft pick in 2011, Butler was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2014-15. The list of organizations interested in talking further with Minnesota is significant, league sources said: Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston, the LA Clippers, Miami and Philadelphia are among the teams interested in probing for deals. He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Timberwolves last season. He took home Rookie of the Year honors that year, and made his first All-Star Game this past season.

The Timberwolves' trade leverage is practically non-existent, as Butler want to be gone and frankly they should want to remove a budding (or not already bloomed) locker room cancer.

It's unclear what kind of return Taylor is looking for in a Butler trade or what other teams are offering.

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