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The Minnesota Timberwolves want what they believe to be fair compensation in a potential trade for Jimmy Butler, and don't seem afraid to ask for a king's ransom.

If Thibodeau really is honest in wanting to deal Butler, he will look for a more modest return for a player who could elect to go elsewhere in nine months. Per the report, teams have been unwilling to meet Minnesota's high asking price of quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief in return for the 4-time All-Star. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season.

Initially, Butler listed the Knicks, Nets and Clippers among his preferred destinations.


Butler was allowed to not participate in media day by Wolves management and ownership reportedly wants him out.

Trades don't usually happen overnight, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the T'wolves are still listed at +175, especially since head coach Tom Thibodeau says that he won't complete any trade he feels is bad for Minnesota. They only have two draft picks over the next three years (both first-round), but the Miami Herald reported that they would be willing to include Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow in talks. With the group the Celtics have clicking and looking like championship-contenders, there's no reason to trade for Butler right now.

If Butler doesn't move and enters free-agency next summer, the Clippers could pitch him the idea of joining forces with Kawhi Leonard. Woj reported last week that the idea of joining Leonard in Los Angeles intrigued Butler.


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