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Despite the objections of Timberwolves president of basketball operations/coach Tom Thibodeau, owner Glen Taylor has mandated that a deal needs to be negotiated to trade disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler in the next several days, sources told ESPN.
Bobby Marks ESPN
Minnesota is sitting right at $119M in salary for next season which takes into account the $19.8M Jimmy Butler player option. The salary cap is projected to be $109M. The Timberwolves now have $55M (could increase to $60M) commited to Towns and Andrew Wiggins in 2019-20.
Bobby Marks ESPN
The cap hit on the Karl-Anthony Towns rookie max extension is: $27.25M, $29.43M, $31.61M, $33.79M and $35.97M. Towns will be subject to the poison pill restriction this season and the extension will begin in 2019-20. For trade purposes, $7.8M (last year of his rookie contract) is used for outgoing salary and $27.6M (the average of the current salary and max extension) for the purposes of determine incoming salary. The total salary could increase to $190M if Towns earns All-NBA, MVP or Defensive Player of the Year this season. The cap hit in 2019-20 would be $32.7M if he earned one of the honors.
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a 5-year, $190 million super-max extension with the Timberwolves, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jimmy Butler won't be at Timberwolves media day Monday and will not take part in the start of training camp, sources confirmed to ESPN, as the team continues to mull the forward's future in Minnesota.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor made it clear at the NBA's board of governors meeting that All-Star Jimmy Butler is available in a trade, one attendee has told ESPN.
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In the aftermath of Jimmy Butler's trade request this week, Minnesota executives are telling teams that Butler's an elite player and the franchise intends to keep him, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Tony Reali and the national panel discuss Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota and wanting a deal done by Monday. Plus, debate if the NBA let Mark Cuban off easy, preview the Browns-Jets match-up and react to Cleveland being favored for the first time in 3 years.
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Michael Smith question if Stephen Jackson is right to be so critical of the Wiggins brothers, if Jimmy Butler is smart to be most interested in the Clippers, if the NBA let Mark Cuban off too easily and much more.
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Jimmy Butler wants to be traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the situation isn't sitting well with Stephen Jackson or Andrew Wiggins -- for different reasons.
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton has had surgery for a broken foot for the second straight year and is out indefinitely.
Minnesota center Justin Patton, a former first-round pick, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.
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