Clippers are Jimmy Butler's preferred trade destination

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

Frustrated Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has officially requested a trade out of Minnesota, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.

The 29-year-old is now meeting with Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau to discuss his future with the team.

During the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, the Chicago Bulls made a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that sent Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick.

Apparently, the meeting did not go well.

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.

Some of the problems that led to Butler's trade request may have stemmed from his teammates.

And speaking on ESPN's SportsCenter, Wojnarowski provided greater context on Butler's desire to move to the Nets, Clippers or Knicks. But the thought of holding on to Butler past Monday's media day seems outrageous given the amount of negative attention already surrounding the franchise.

"That prompted Andrew Wiggins" brother to post "Hallelujah" while reacting to the news.

"I just don't think there have been many people that have understood how important winning is to me, man, " Butler told the Sun-Times in late April. Of course, this could also just be an attempt to drive up the asking price for a guy who clearly has no interest in signing an extension with Minnesota. At this point, however, it appears it would be best for all parties if Butler is moved as soon as possible.

The Sporting News reported on Thursday that Thibodeau would rather leave the Wolves than trade Butler for younger players and drafts picks and begin another rebuilding process. The hot-headed coach suffered through a 31-win season in his first year with Minnesota before acquiring Butler from the Chicago Bulls the following summer.

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