The team is reportedly aligning their organizational focus to trading the 29-year-old All-Star swingman, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.
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.
The news is different than what was reported of the Wolves' front office earlier on Friday, who reportedly told teams they meant to keep Butler.
Butler was now a Minnesotan. As we know, the Bulls traded Butler on draft night in 2017, for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick.
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Butler has been intrigued by the possibility of teaming with another star. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal. This way, the Wolves could learn which teams would interest Butler in signing an extension next summer, which is information that would allow the Wolves to get the best possible return on assets for Butler. Here's hoping they get something of value that can help this year without tying up too much cap space next summer.
Taylor has overseen high-profile Minnesota stars getting traded in the past, including Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.
Thibodeau - who oversees Layden, the point person on trade talks with outside GMs - wants to hold onto Butler and navigate the season with him.
In his lone season in Kentucky, Towns, also widely known as KAT, averaged 10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in just 21 minutes per game. He hasn't missed a single game in his pro career, playing and starting in all 82 in each of his three regular seasons as well as the Timberwolves' five playoff games last spring.