Butler himself was not in attendance for the media day festivities but, given the setup with head coach Tom Thibodeau also serving as the team's personnel head, the topic had to be broached in some form.
From all indications, based on the information that has leaked via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (and others) over the last 48 hours, it feels like this is becoming a three-team race between the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
Butler has been granted permission to not show up to Timberwolves media day on Monday, and he does not have to report to the team for the start of training camp on Tuesday. "So when I look at what was the impact [of having Butler], it was huge", Thibodeau said, adding that he always knew there was risk involved in trading for Butler given his contract situation.
Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, who is the point man for trade conversations, continue to leave rival executives and owners unclear about both the specific players and broader kinds of assets that the Wolves value in a deal, sources said.
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There were possible rumors that Butler would be traded by late-Sunday night, but alas that didn't happen and here we are waiting for the Wolves to make a decision.
Thibodeau prefaced the remarks with the stance that the organization won't be forced into a panicked trade involving Butler.
While the National Basketball Association offseason has been rather quiet lately, the rift between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves could result in a blockbuster trade before the season begins. The Kings are without their first-round draft pick in 2019, and uniquely positioned to leverage that cap space into, at a minimum, a future first-round pick and maybe more as part of a Butler blockbuster.
"If it's a good deal, we're interested".