Thibodeau's initial reaction to the trade request was that he wanted to win now, and trading Butler would nearly assuredly bring back a package that would diminish the Timberwolves' chances in the short term, league sources said.
Butler turned 29 on September 14 and is his heading into his eighth National Basketball Association season. He has publicly questioned the effort of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
I personally don't believe any of this to be true, it feels more like a chess move from the front office.
Those teams would allow him to live in a major market, and also have the cap space to re-sign him in free agency next summer while being able to lure another star to join him.
And who wouldn't want to play with Kyrie? Though Butler was limited to 59 games due to an injury, the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Butler can sign the max extension with the Timberwolves next summer if he isn't traded, or sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team. Butler's arrival helped guide the T-Wolves to a 47-35 season, which was their highest win total since 2003-04. This past season, Butler led the Wolves to the post-season for the first time in 14 years. He will now be faced with one of the most hard decisions of his front office career as he begins the next phase of the Brooklyn rebuild.