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Jimmy Butler reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but that doesn't mean that a trade is imminent.

Jimmy Butler just threw a wrench into the plans of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau of reuniting with his former Chicago Bulls players.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Butler has listed the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Knicks as his preferred destinations.

Many of those attending the board of governors meetings are convinced that Taylor and top team business officials don't want a prolonged saga with Butler, preferring to move him to a new team sooner than later.

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Butler has been intrigued by the possibility of teaming with another star.

Towns is going into his fourth season, was an All-Star for the first time a year ago and was the Timberwolves' second-leading scorer last season at 21.3 points per game. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal.

Butler told Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday.

Several teams are willing to take Butler without an assurance that he would re-sign with them in the summer. But Taylor, who has previously overseen the trades of star forwards Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, wants to make sure Minnesota gets something back for Butler instead of letting him walk for nothing next summer. There was clear friction between Butler and Towns - the same friction exists with Andrew Wiggins, but the underachieving Wiggins is a secondary factor in all of this - and that needed to be cleared up. They are emerging as a front-runner for Kawhi Leonard when Toronto's All-NBA forward becomes a free agent in July, league sources said. He declined and by asking for a trade this early, Butler is doing the Wolves a favor in hoping to get assets in exchange instead of walking away and leaving the team empty-handed.


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