So despite his request for a trade, it seems likely Butler will remain in Minnesota - and likely will for some time to come.More news: Ronaldo sees red as Juventus beat Valencia
Jimmy Butler has drawn his line in the sand amid the Minnesota Timberwolves' internal battles and took his situation into his own hands.
The idea of Butler to the Knicks, of course, draws intrigue with another future free agent: Kyrie Irving. He and Butler have reportedly talked about wanting to team up down the road, with Madison Square Garden now a viable destination.More news: Apple CarPlay now supports Google Maps
With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place. The two were together earlier this decade with the Chicago Bulls and are said to share a mutual respect.
Minnesota were backed to have a strong year with Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague on their roster. "More to do with contractual matters".More news: Liverpool 'made a point' with PSG victory - Gomez
Butler, 29, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games last season, pushing the Timberwolves to a rare playoff appearance. In July, Butler reportedly turned down a four-year extension worth $100 million.