Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota. However, it seems like Butler has made up his mind and will, eventually, have to be traded. Butler has three preferred destination for a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
In free agency next summer, Butler can secure a five-year deal worth around $190 million with his prior team or a four-year deal worth around $141 million with a new team. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.
Butler was traded to the Timberwolves from the Chicago Bulls in 2017, but it was a frustrating debut season for him. In exchange for the then three-time NBA All-Star, the Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 pick - Lauri Markkanen.
One possible concern they face is trying to accommodate Butler's $19.84 million salary for the upcoming campaign, given that they're already set to pay a luxury tax this season. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close.
Thibodeau had been planning to meet with Butler in Minnesota about the situation but instead traveled to LA to see him earlier this week.