Los Angeles Clippers: The ideal trade for Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler requested trade from Timberwolves

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Butler has been unhappy with the Timberwolves since being traded from the Bulls in June 2017, leading to a breaking point with training camp beginning next week.

As previously noted though, Minnesota will have the final say on Butler trade request and where he lands, which could ultimately end up being the difference of $50 million and another year on a future contract.

The Timberwolves arguably could get better for Jimmy Butler but with the limited possible suitors, the Los Angeles Clippers deal may become the best on the table.

The Clippers have the necessary assets to present the Timberwolves with arguably the best trade offer for Butler. He reportedly provided a list of one to three teams with which he would be open to signing a long-term deal, sources said. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.

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T-Wolves is going to have to trade Jimmy Butler, there is no way they can let him be at their media day.

If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with. According to ESPN, Butler prefers the Clippers.

The Nets have their own first-round picks through 2026 and picked up a protected first-rounder from the Denver Nuggets in a July trade that will convey if it is outside of the top 12 at any point from 2019-24. Butler might have slept with Karl-Anthony Towns' girlfriend and he has called out Wiggins. The NBA has steadily moved away from the "emperor coach" model of having one man overseeing all aspects of the organization in recent years, and only two - Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio - remain in the league.

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