Rival execs think trade of Wolves' Butler may be inevitable

Virginia Santiago
September 21, 2018

Leonard reportedly planned to tell teams that his intention was to sign in Los Angeles next offseason.

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are also said to be on Butler's three-team wish list.

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This makes sense considering what we've heard about Leonard and his team desires recently. But the real question is whether or not the front office in Los Angeles would consider sacrificing assets knowing they could potentially sign both Butler and Leonard outright as free agents next summer. Though it may feel surprising, the Wolves are actually considered the betting favorite to retain Butler's services into the season and a report from ESPN indicates that Minnesota's central decision-maker, Tom Thibodeau, has "no interest" in trading his All-Star wing. But the Clippers should ask the same question as the NY teams: What's the rush?

"I think just hearing the balance, it's just a ways away, man", Irving said earlier this summer when talking about a season of 'will he or won't he?' in regards to his future.

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With the remaining money that LA would have after extending Butler, there would be enough left over to sign another player to a max deal - and there is no shortage of top-tier talent available next summer. However, it's unclear whether Irving is even seriously considering leaving Boston.

So despite his request for a trade, it seems likely Butler will remain in Minnesota - and likely will for some time to come. Jackson suggested that Nick Wiggins shouldn't have sent the tweet since Butler "plays with a lot of heart" and Andrew Wiggins "plays with no heart", with Jackson ending by saying, "Keep that same energy". However, more competition as well as numerous teams will also have cap space.

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