Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins feud over Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

As first reported by The Athletic, Butler has requested a trade out of the Twin Cities, giving the Wolves a list of three teams to which he'd consider committing his future with a long-term contract.

Butler, who requested a trade Wednesday, prefers to be traded to the Clippers, according to ESPN. However, more competition as well as numerous teams will also have cap space. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns.

With the remaining money that LA would have after extending Butler, there would be enough left over to sign another player to a max deal - and there is no shortage of top-tier talent available next summer. With everything that is going on surrounding him, it will be inevitable to see him with a new team possibly sooner than later.

Trading for Butler now may give NY the advantage when attempting to persuade Irving to leave the Celtics.

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That's three lottery picks from a four-year period taken by Minnesota, with LaVine going 13th overall in 2014 and Dunn selected with the fifth overall pick in 2016. Technically, Butler is now signed through the 2019-20 season, but he has a player option for that final year and will nearly certainly opt out of the deal.

Getting a deal done theoretically is one thing.

Given that Leonard's contract expires next summer, he could re-sign with Toronto - or leave for another team, like, say, the Clippers - in free agency in 2019.

But after dealing several promising young pieces for Butler last offseason, there's pressure on Thibodeau and Co.to recoup value in a potential trade of Butler, should they indeed choose to make one.

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