The news of Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota shook the National Basketball Association landscape Wednesday evening, but what does the All-Star's trade request mean for the Celtics?
Jimmy Butler informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that he wants to be traded, and of course the Boston Celtics are linked, but they need to stay far away. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Minnesota is shutting down phone calls from opposing teams that are looking to inquire about a trade, as the Wolves plan on keeping Butler around.
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Aurora says it was responding to a request for comment by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Trading in Aurora shares was halted pending the comments by the company.
The max contract the Timberwolves could offer Butler could be worth five years and $189 million. But the organization can ship him anywhere, especially if another team can send a better trade package that will help the team.
In case you don't get it, that's a photo from draft night when the T-Wolves grabbed him, reminding the franchise and its fans what they're missing out on. Butler, acquired last summer in a trade with the Bulls, had become part of that thought process. The Sun-Times reported earlier this summer that Butler had grown frustrated with the "nonchalant attitudes" of some of the younger Timberwolves, including recent No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns. The problem for the Heat is that their interest in him is greater than the quality of their bargaining chips to make a solid offer to the Timberwolves. If they keep Butler for the entirety of this season, they may still find themselves outside of the playoff picture.
Butler's shortlist of preferred destinations includes up to three teams. In exchange for the then three-time NBA All-Star, the Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 pick - Lauri Markkanen.