The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July.
It was in that meeting, Krawczynski reports, that Butler told Thibodeau he does not intend to sign a long-term extension with the Wolves next summer and wants to be dealt. What trade packages from Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles are actually realistic?
The Minnesota Timberwolves star has reportedly requested a trade ahead of the upcoming season. For value purposes, the Clippers might actually form the best odds at 9/1, as the team employs an interesting assortment of trade assets in conjunction with the obvious allure of Los Angeles.
It can be a hard decision to "pull the plug" on an idea that everyone saw working 12 months ago, but as we saw with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, you may be better off trading your superstar than watching him leave for nothing in free agency.
Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months.
There have been plenty of rumblings that Butler was at a place of discomfort with Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns, both of whom he felt didn't show the requisite effort and feelings about winning. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns.
All of this also ratchets up the pressure on Thibodeau, who was already seen as being in some hot water before Wednesday's developments.
"At 6'8", Butler is one of the best two-way wings in the National Basketball Association. By the time word got out early Wednesday afternoon, Butler's conclusion set fire to Thibodeau's plans in Minnesota and indirectly exonerated his former franchise in Chicago.
If your first reaction to this is that the Timberwolves are getting fleeced, remember how little leverage they have.