Jimmy Butler's desire wish for a quick trade out of Minnesota has reportedly been met with resistance from the Timberwolves' braintrust. The Wolves made the playoffs last season after a 13-year absence and Thibodeau knows a step backward in 2018-19, something that nearly certainly will happen without Butler, likely will cost him his job. The idea of missing the postseason in the aftermath of a trade that leaves the Timberwolves devoid of a short-term, comparable talent to Butler, a four-time All-NBA forward, is fully unappealing to Thibodeau. Butler's camp has downplayed a fractured locker room as the reason for wanting to leave Minnesota, but the issues between him and the other star players - particularly Andrew Wiggins - on the team were evident after news of Butler's trade request leaked.More news: Emre Can receives backlash for 'women' comment on Ronaldo red card
This is a blow for not only the Clippers, but for several teams who are trying to bring Butler into the fold prior to the season's start.
Butler has clashed with Towns and Wiggins as teammates, league sources said.More news: Disney Admits To Making A Mistake With Recent Star Wars Output
Most teams interested in Butler would like to maximize their cap space for 2019 and will balk at taking back Dieng.
This report comes right after Knicks president Steve Mills told the media the team wouldn't trade for a player they believe can be acquired in free agency. If he's traded, Butler would remain eligible for a five-year, $190-million max contract extension.More news: Father of former Spurs player killed in drive-by shooting