Thibodeau is reportedly refusing to trade Butler at the moment.
Teague is 30, and if Butler isn't in the picture anymore, Minnesota is better off focusing on building something sustainable rather than trying to win immediately. All three project to have max cap space next July, when Butler is set to become a free agent.
Butler, 29, provided the Timberwolves a list of three teams on Wednesday with whom he would listen to possible contract extension offers.
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He helped lead the Timberwolves to the NBA Playoffs previous year for the first time in 13 seasons, despite missing significant time with a torn meniscus. Wednesday's news hints that Butler does not want to try to coexist any longer with Towns. But the promise of potential and future success alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins appears to not be what interests Butler at this time.
So, one of the teams Butler would apparently be OK with being traded to is the Knicks. But it also risks Minnesota trading Butler and his Bird Rights to another team and him re-signing there. Butler has also prioritized the New York Knicks over the Brooklyn Nets.
Butler has two years remaining on his contract but has the option to opt-out after this coming season and that's exactly what he would do.
With that as the backdrop, the good folks at Bovada.lv already have odds on the board as to where Butler will be when the 2018-19 season begins and that means a good, old-fashioned wagering opportunity. Prior to his time in Minnesota, the four-time All-Star spent six seasons with the Bulls.