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Timberwolves sign Towns to supermax deal

Timberwolves sign Towns to supermax deal

But the men from South Beach will face stiff competition for Butler's signature as the likes of the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers have all reportedly made enquiries about him.

And who wouldn't want to play with Kyrie? He has not missed a game in three seasons and averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season as the Wolves ended a 13-year playoff drought.

If the reports of a trade request are accurate, then the meeting didn't have its desired effect, and it now seems that Butler will be playing elsewhere in the coming year.

It is odd that the team would be unwilling to move Butler, especially after it was made public that he did not intend to re-sign with the team when he enters free agency in the summer of 2019.

Butler's request came at a tricky time for the Timberwolves.

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I think the team that will make a swipe at Butler will be the Nets. Butler's and Wiggins' tension played out on social media in recent days.

According to The Athletic, Butler has been excused from attending media day and "won't be available for on-court activities" when training camp kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

- Karl-Anthony Towns has reportedly signed a five-year, $190 million extension to his contract to remain in Minnesota.

Butler arrived in Minnesota in a 2017 draft day trade with the Chicago Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the the No. 7 pick that turned out to be forward Lauri Markkanen. Will the Wolves trade him and where will he end up? During the 2015-16 season, Butler and Noah had multiple disputes and had to be separated in the locker room many times. All three of those teams have the cap space to sign Butler next summer, though, which will make it more hard for Minnesota to get proper value back in a deal for the four-time all-star.

Towns, 22, was named to his first All-Star Game and was named All-NBA Third Team last season. But it's likely Minnesota would want a hefty package in return for Butler, so Miami may have to part with Justise Winslow and/or multiple draft picks to get a deal done. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal.


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