What's the deal? Butler reportedly requests trade from Timberwolves

Butler met with Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau on Tuesday in Los Angeles, where Butler requested the trade, The Athletic reported. Minnesota has showed no inclination to immediately honor the request.

Before Butler, the Timberwolves hadn't sniffed the postseason since Kevin Garnett was in his prime.

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After six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Butler played his first season in Minnesota past year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games. And if it's out there Butler would only sign with one to three teams, those other twenty-something teams aren't going to be inclined to give up much in order to acquire a player with no inclination to re-sign.

Butler would like to be traded to Knicks, Nets, Clippers or HEAT so he can be the MAN in a big city. He's a terrific player, but as we saw when the Bulls dealt him last summer, the value in return for Butler was far less than what most fans and media had expected. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns.

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One possible concern they face is trying to accommodate Butler's $19.84 million salary for the upcoming campaign, given that they're already set to pay a luxury tax this season.

Thibodeau had been planning to meet with Butler in Minnesota about the situation but instead traveled to LA to see him earlier this week.

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Those questions won't stop until the season ends - or until the Timberwolves answer them with actions.

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