Meanwhile, at Friday's league Board of Governors' meeting, owner Glen Taylor has reportedly indicated that Butler is available and interested teams should communicate with him directly.
One report, from NBC Sports Northwest's Dwight Jaynes, indicates that Portland's front office has made it clear that Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will not be a part of any trade discussions. "It's just a matter of when".
While any team aside from those seems somewhat unlikely to offer much up after knowing where Butler wants to go, there is one other to monitor.
The Timberwolves have also reportedly "been made aware", presumably by Butler or his representatives, that the All-Star wing will not show up for the start of training camp. However, the 2019-2020 season is a player option, and it is expected that Butler would opt out of his contract to pursue another max deal. Despite this, Butler still averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a five-year, US$190 million (RM785 million) super-maximum extension to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN.
The Knicks have obviously set their plan in place for how they want to approach the future, but it's unknown if this would change considering the caliber of player Butler is.
Since being selected with the first overall pick by Minnesota in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, Towns has started 82 regular-season games in each of his first three campaigns.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) controls the ball as Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) defends during the first quarter in Game 2 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center in Houston.