Thibodeau reportedly tried to convince Butler to stay during a meeting on Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, but the 29-year-old star "remained resolute" on his desire for a trade. Reluctant to trade Butler, but even more reluctant to coach a rebuilding team after he's gone, team president/coach Tom Thibodeau told CBS Sports' Reid Forgrave in an on-camera interview that he wasn't going to do anything to hurt the Wolves.
On Friday, Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler requested a trade out of Minnesota.
They can't trade their best player in Kevin Love, a five-time All-Star who is an elite shooter and rebounder in the frontcourt, until January 23rd.
None of the original three teams on his list have a star player to give Minnesota in return.
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It will be interesting to see what kind of offer the Rockets would send to the Timberwolves, especially when you consider the asking price they're looking for for the point guard.
As for the Kings, a second-round pick should do, given that it'll likely be a high second-round pick and Smith's contract is only partially guaranteed next season.
A trade to Miami would reunite Butler with Dwyane Wade, with whom he was teammates and close friends with for one year in Chicago.