"The owner's trading him", a Board of Governors attendee recently told ESPN.
Butler underwent his physical in Minnesota on Monday, missing the team's media day with ownership permission.
Thibodeau understands that the Wolves won't receive close to comparable talent back for Butler, and that he could miss the playoffs for the second time in three years and lose his job.
Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler could be on the move before the season tips off. From there, Thibodeau continued and stated that Minnesota's needs as a franchise will be the centerpiece of any trade discussion. The Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and Miami Heat all have contracts that they'd love to unload, and a Butler deal could mean that they deliver Sacramento a pick and cash to take on a veteran player.
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"To win 47 games?"
Sure, Butler didn't have Miami on his list of possible destinations, but taking his talents to South Beach would provide him a chance to be the lone superstar on their roster. Instead, Towns said he wanted to talk with owner Glen Taylor about a number of organizational issues before agreeing to sign his massive extension.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are unlikely to find a trade for Jimmy Butler, despite their interest, given that their only major piece, the newly re-signed Kevin Love, can't be traded for another six months, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. But he said Butler is "a top-10 player in the league", and he holds considerable trade value.
Only time will tell whether or not the Heat are able to make the most attractive offer and get the deal one. Taylor has made it clear that he wants to accommodate Butler. I would say no, but I do applaud the team for even making a call.