Jimmy Butler Granted Permission To Skip Wolves' Media Day

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The Jimmy Butler trade negotiations are non-existent at the moment.

However, it seems that coach and president Tom Thibodeau is dead set on keeping Butler and trying to compete.

Towns announced Saturday night that he is recommitting to the Timberwolves, securing his future there while Butler's remains a mystery. "Not happening. The winter could bring more intrigue, if Butler is still in Minnesota and the Lakers disappoint".

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It appears the same can't be said about Butler, at least in Minnesota. Those three teams - and many more around the league - could be willing to trade for Butler now under the right circumstances, league sources said.

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

Minnesota is now working on a Butler trade - ordered by owner Glen Taylor - so Towns is stepping up to be the franchise's face, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN but that Towns confirmed on Twitter. If Thibodeau is destined to be fired at season's end, those familiar with this thinking say, he'd rather do so by reaching the playoffs for a second straight year with the benefit of Butler on the roster.

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Thibodeau was also hoping to sign Towns to a contract extension but the big man has refused thus far. "Thank you for believing in me".

Butler told the Timberwolves several days ago that he has no intentions to be with them for the long-term and wants a trade. Whether that's due to some sort of undisclosed injury, or simply a personal decision by Butler not to participate is not clear.

It's a unusual time in Minnesota right now, as the franchise is dealing with the fact that Jimmy Butler has submitted a trade request, one which Tom Thibodeau is hesitant to honor and owner Glen Taylor wants to oblige. "To the fans from Day 1 and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you".

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Butler, 29, reportedly gave the T-Wolves of a three-team list of potential destinations.

Towns is getting paid to step up and lead this team now, especially with Butler on his way out the door.

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