Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him

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Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic say Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams with which he is open to signing a contract extension. If he opted to sign elsewhere, he could receive four years and $140.6 million. All three project to have max cap space next July, when Butler is set to become a free agent. Hollis-Jefferson has been a solid part of the Nets' program for the past three seasons, but the opportunity to add a player of Butler's caliber is rare and his presence could lead to another star taking the franchise seriously in free agency.

Despite being touted as an elite defender and athlete in college at Kansas, Wiggins has regressed since Butler joined the Timberwolves. While there is risk involved in placing a big bet on someone who has played as many minutes as Butler has, this is a genuine superstar who could help the team turn the page from culture-building to real competitiveness.

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With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place.

But still, plenty of players get traded to teams that aren't on their "list".

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time. The T-Wolves also received a first-round pick in the deal.