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Towns getting $190 million extension from Wolves

Towns getting $190 million extension from Wolves

Butler's trade request reportedly singled out the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers as the teams he would prefer to be traded to.

The growing disconnect between Minnesota's ownership and front office has created an impression for opposing teams that a showdown between Taylor and Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves' president of basketball operations and head coach, looms as an increasingly plausible conclusion to Butler's trade request.

The Athletic's Shams Charania has said that Butler is "optimistic" that a trade can happen before training camp. Last summer the Bulls traded Butler to Minnesota in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and a lottery pick that eventually became Lauri Markannen. In his first season with the Wolves previous year, the four-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game to help the team improve by 16 wins from the season prior and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Taylor wants the front office to strike a deal as soon as possible.

Butler also talked this summer with fellow star Kyrie Irving about potentially teaming up somewhere down the line, either in Boston where Irving now plays or in another city. He has publicly questioned the effort of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Dysfunction may still exist in Minnesota whether Butler is traded or not.

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With Thibodeau wanting no part of trading Butler, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor - who has a rocky relationship with Thibodeau - is telling teams to make offers, then had a meeting with Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden and told them to get a deal done.

The super-max deal means that Towns can earn 30 percent of Minnesota's salary cap if he reaches one of the three All-NBA teams, or is voted NBA MVP or Defensive Player of the Year this season. However, they got eliminated by the Houston Rockets in the first round. Butler's arrival helped guide the T-Wolves to a 47-35 season, which was their highest win total since 2003-04. The move reunited Deng with three other former Bulls in Butler, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson. For example, perhaps like a player like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Thibs has added multiple of Butler's Chicago teammates to the team, but this hasn't changed anything.

Thibodeau was also hoping to sign Towns to a contract extension but the big man has refused thus far.


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