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Jimmy Butler hands in trade request - lists three teams as preferred destinations [ESPN]

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-09-20 18:05:13

Jimmy Butler has come to a conclusion over his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves following a meeting with the team's president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Despite the Timberwolves only trading for the point guard last season, Butler has handed in a trade request.

As well as handing in his trade request, the four-time All-Star has stated three teams he would be willing to sign a contract extension with should he be traded there.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Butler has listed the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Knicks as his preferred destinations.

The Timberwolves will have the final say on where the point guard will land, but it comes as no surprise that he has listed each of these three teams as a desired landing spot.

The Clippers, Nets, and Knicks all have enough cap space to give Butler a max salary next summer, but it's Los Angeles that is being tipped as the top destination due to their current ability to partner him with another star player in free agency.

There is also a huge benefit for the point guard to be traded now ahead of next summer rather than stay in Minnesota and see out his contract before becoming a free agent.

If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with.

However, if he stays with the Timberwolves for the remainder of his contract and then hits free agency, he will only be able to receive a four-year, $140 million contract.

Butler's breakdown in relationship with some members of the Timberwolves is well documented, so it comes as no real surprise that he wants to be traded away.

When you consider the financial implications for the point guard to be traded now rather than sit and wait for free agency to arrive, it makes complete sense for him to hand in a trade request.

As previously noted though, Minnesota will have the final say on Butler trade request and where he lands, which could ultimately end up being the difference of $50 million and another year on a future contract.

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