Back in July, the Timberwolves had offered Karl-Anthony Towns a five-year max contract extension - which could be worth $158 million or, if he was named to an All-NBA team again next season, $190 million.
On Saturday night, one of those things reached its conclusion, as Towns is slated to become a rich man. With most team's media day on Monday, it was at one point believed a move would be made. Thibodeau, whose future in Minnesota is murky, prefers to keep the star forward and is determined to try to improve a team that finished as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference last season. However, Shams Charania reported that Towns does not want to make any decisions until the Butler situation is resolved.
The Timberwolves drafted Towns with the #1-pick in the 2015 Draft.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is open to trading superstar Jimmy Butler according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Butler and Wiggins' tension played out on social media in recent days. Those three teams have the salary-cap space to sign Butler outright this summer to a maximum contract extension.
Butler also will not be available for on-court activities at the start of training camp.
"He basically said, 'If you don't get anywhere with [Layden] and you've got something good, bring it to me, '" another high-ranking league official told ESPN. Other teams would see that the faint chance of Butler and Thibodeau working out a truce was truly out the window, taking away what little leverage the Wolves had to begin with. Signing Towns for the long term was the logical call. Those three teams - and many more around the league - could be willing to trade for Butler now under the right circumstances, league sources said.
Further complicating matters is the fact that Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons - including 23 last season, many of which came after a knee injury, and subsequent surgery.
Butler has been intrigued by the possibility of teaming with another star.