Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler recently approached Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden about trading him. Butler listed three teams who would prefer to go to. Nick Wiggins, brother of Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, exclaimed “Hallelujah” after discovering that Butler may be gone soon. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson dragged Wiggins for having no heart and for not checking his brother. The tete-a-tete between Wiggins and Jackson eventually boiled over. Jackson promised to catch Wiggins in traffic:
Hey lil’ one. You have a a lot of talent kid, and i hope you have a really good year. I hope you can find some heart and find some passion for the game … Old? I’m 40, but a bum? I’ve never been that. I’m from the old school. I’m cut under the old law … ‘I’m gon’ have that same energy where ever I go and all that … Make sure your energy straight when you see me bruh … Keep that same energy. I’ll catch you traffic.
I doubt Jackson will get his wish, but Butler may get his. According to sources Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is negotiating to trade Butler:
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is involved in Jimmy Butler trade talks and is motivated to get a deal done soon, a league source told the Star Tribune on Saturday.
Butler is still a member of the Timberwolves, three days after making his request of a trade to coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau does not want to trade Butler and has told general manager Scott Layden to shut down talks before other teams can make offers, the source said. But Taylor is superseding management in trade talks in an effort to facilitate a trade.
Taylor, who was in New York at the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting Friday, also owns the Star Tribune. He has declined comment on Butler since news of his trade request broke Wednesday.
Taylor is not opposed trading stars. In the past he traded Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love. The Wolves will host media Monday where players are expected to be available to the media and give interviews. It is unclear whether Butler will be available, or even if he will still be a member of the Timbervolves.
Butler, 29, helped lead the Timberwolves to a 31 and 47 record last season, and their first playoff appears in over a decade. Just as the team was expected to build upon that momentum Butler’s trade request surfaced. He listed the Clippers, Nets and Knicks as preferred destinations. Butler can sign a five-year contract worth up to $190 million after this season if he remains with the Wolves or is traded If he becomes a free agent and signs elsewhere can sign for four years and up to $141 million.