Report: Jimmy Butler wants to be traded by Monday, Wolves owner Glen Taylor stepping in

It's all madness with the Wolves.
Publish date:

It could be as awkward and entertaining as it gets if Jimmy Butler isn't traded by the time players and coaches show up for Timberwolves media day on Monday. 

At this point, we wouldn't be shocked if Butler simply doesn't show up to media day, but his hope is to be traded by then, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

And that's where it gets really messy, with Wojnarowski reporting that owner Glen Taylor "has become fully engaged in the decision-making process on a potential Butler trade" and is "far more open to the idea of orchestrating a deal" than president/coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. 

But that's not all. Wojnarowski says Butler told Thibodeau that he wants to be traded before Monday's media day, and that he'd prefer the Clippers while also being open to going to the Knicks or Nets. 

ESPN's Zach Lowe adds that employees on the business side of the Wolves have a "strong desire" to see Butler traded before media day "so that it does not become a circus (or worse)." 

Stay tuned, it could be a wild weekend for the Wolves. And Monday will be even crazier if Butler doesn't get traded. 

Next Up


Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.


HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.


Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

A new report found the EPA didn't follow its own procedures when it submitted comments on the proposed project.


MDH's new COVID guidance urges weekly testing for those involved in sports

Those not involved in school sports are still advised to get tested every two weeks.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.


Report: Jimmy Butler won't join Wolves at training camp

Media day is Monday and Butler reportedly won't be there.

Report: Butler reminds Wolves he'd like to be traded

The season starts next Wednesday against the Spurs.

Report: Butler reiterates to Thibs that he wants out

Thibodeau reportedly tried (again) talking Butler into staying.

Glen Taylor on Jimmy Butler: 'We're not going to get the perfect deal'

The Wolves owner said half the teams in the league have inquired about Butler.

Thibs vows he won't make a 'bad deal' for Jimmy Butler

Thibodeau addressed the trade reports during Wolves media day.

Wiggins' brother reacts to Butler trade request: 'Hallelujah'

Apparently the reports about a strained relationship are true.

Reports: Butler wants trade to Miami, Phoenix interested in Teague

The latest has the Wolves, Heat and Suns linked in a possible three-team deal.