The Timberwolves Are Determined to Lose Jimmy Butler for Nothing

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

Butler put in a trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves after holding showdown talks with Tom Thibodeau earlier this week.

Butler also will not be available for on-court activities at the start of training camp.

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.

ESPN had reported on Friday that Taylor was telling teams to come to him with their offers if Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden weren't being receptive. There was clear friction between Butler and Towns - the same friction exists with Andrew Wiggins, but the underachieving Wiggins is a secondary factor in all of this - and that needed to be cleared up.

The Timberwolves Are Determined to Lose Jimmy Butler for Nothing
The Timberwolves Are Determined to Lose Jimmy Butler for Nothing

Several teams are willing to take Butler without an assurance that he would re-sign with them in the summer.

Still just 22 years old, Towns is coming off his third National Basketball Association season and Minnesota's first playoff run since 2004.

Towns released a statement saying: "On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves". With most team's media day on Monday, it was at one point believed a move would be made.

The Timberwolves drafted Towns with the #1-pick in the 2015 Draft.

There have been rumors that Butler and Kyrie Irving would like to play together in the Eastern Conference, so trading for Butler may put Brooklyn in the lead of the Irving sweepstakes next summer. 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. Part of that is good negotiation tactics, right now offers are not going to be that good, however, the other part of it is Thibodeau realizes his job on the line and this team is not as good without Butler.

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