Gibson on Butler trade request: I didn't see it coming

29 September, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden and head coach Tom Thibodeau at the first day of training camp Tuesday

Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports that Thibodeau and his assistant, general manager Scott Layden, have been dragging their feet on trading Butler and ignoring an directive from owner Glen Taylor to get a trade done.

After reports surfaced that the disgruntled Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, rumors began to fly with speculation where the four-time NBA All-Star might end up.

Such an offer from Houston would not fit the bill that ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has offered as what the Timberwolves will be looking for in return: "quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief", according to Woj.

He isn't inclined to trade the forward who helped Minnesota make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, and it's hard to blame him. He said he wishes Butler "nothing but the best".

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Butler was given permission to skip the team's media day on Monday.

Until something does happen with Butler though, all focus will remain on training camp in Hawaii, where the Clippers will face off against the Sydney Kings on Sunday, September 30. Reluctant to trade Butler, but even more reluctant to coach a rebuilding team after he's gone, team president/coach Tom Thibodeau told CBS Sports' Reid Forgrave in an on-camera interview that he wasn't going to do anything to hurt the Wolves. Wojnarowski has also mentioned the Phoenix Suns as a team that could force its way into discussions; they have reportedly had interest in Tyus Jones in the past, so they could be a team to watch.

He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year.

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