Towns getting $190M US extension from Timberwolves

The "super-maximum" offer is the most the Timberwolves could offer Towns under the current NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Butler is downplaying his fractured relationship with Towns as a reason for wanting a trade, league sources said.

The addition of Butler would also increase New York's chances of bringing another star, most notably Kyrie Irving, to NY. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team.

Tom Thibodeau, the team's head coach and president of basketball operations, and Scott Layden, its general manager, are both scheduled to speak to reporters in a news conference-style setting. But none has yet engaged in serious trade discussions, making it possible that Butler remains a member of the Timberwolves to begin the week. Butler will not be in a Wolves jersey for long.

Jimmy Butler may not want to join the Lakers now because LeBron James joined the team in free agency.

And they - or at least Thibodeau - are reportedly at odds with ownership over whether or not to honor Butler's request. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the negotiations. Towns' relationship with Butler is strained, but even though the Wolves haven't traded Butler, Towns still signed his extension. Jackson suggested that Nick Wiggins shouldn't have sent the tweet since Butler "plays with a lot of heart" and Andrew Wiggins "plays with no heart", with Jackson ending by saying, "Keep that same energy".

The Clippers have expressed interest in Butler, but have no interest in parting with prized rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Taylor, who has overseen trades of All-Stars Kevin Love and Kevin Garnett out of Minnesota, would consider any trade in which the return is high and the Wolves' partner in the deal is willing to take on significant salary. Butler liked a comment that suggested he should team up with Kyrie Irving in NYC. They are the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers. Considered one of the best two-way players in the NBA, Butler is a career.452 shooter from the field, .339 from three-point range and.832 at the free-throw line.

Philadelphia is interested in that it has the assets to make a move for a player of Butlers ilk.

  • Julie Sanders