Timberwolves power struggle could decide Jimmy Butler's fate

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Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves has the ball against the New York Knicks during the game on January 12, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to ESPN.com, the Timberwolves are telling interested teams Bulter is an elite player they do not plan on trading.

Woj also states that Glen Taylor will have a say in the trade situation, which quiets the theories that Head Coach Tom Thibodeau is behind all the bad moves in the organization. Whether that's due to some sort of undisclosed injury, or simply a personal decision by Butler not to participate is not clear.

If Butler does ultimately stay, the team has some chemistry issues that need to be addressed.

Butler had requested a trade out of Minnesota even with training camp about to start on Tuesday, September 25.

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Wiggins' brother, Nick, proclaimed "hallelujah" and Butler eventually clapped back on Instagram. All three of those teams aren't really willing to deal multiple first round picks, so why not tell the media that Butler is no longer for sale.

He brought Butler from the Chicago Bulls to the Timberwolves in a 2017 Draft Day trade in exchange for shooting guard Zach Lavine, forward Kris Dunn and draft rights to Lauri Markkanen. The franchise's business operations want to limit the sullying of what had been until now a successful marketing campaign around the franchise's starry young core, league sources said.

Butler told the Timberwolves several days ago that he has no intentions to be with them for the long-term and wants a trade. This would remove leverage from the Timberwolves, giving Butler more power.

Butler, 29, prefers a trade to the LA Clippers, and has a strong interest with the New York Knicks as well as an interest with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources said. None of those apply for Butler's current team. All three teams have the cap space to sign Butler to a maximum contract next summer should he reach free agency.

We'd heard outrageous rumors about Karl-Anthony Towns' girlfriend's supposed infidelity with Butler, and chose to ignore them.

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