The first shoe has yet to officially drop, but instead of waiting for things to be official, Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to the massive contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves that has reportedly been on the table for some time.
Butler told Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and that he plans to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, league sources said. Or, for reasons of money and the proclivity of this franchise to wallow in awkward embarrassment, the change may happen as late as the end of the 2018-19 season.
Thibodeau and Layden have to realize that Butler is a lost cause - he wants out and he's going to get his wish - but Towns was not signing his max extension in part to protest Butler's presence on the roster.
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Butler has clashed with Towns and Wiggins as teammates, league sources said.
Butler, 29, reportedly gave the T-Wolves of a three-team list of potential destinations. "Thank you for believing in me".
Towns is going into his fourth season, was an All-Star for the first time a year ago and was the Timberwolves' second-leading scorer last season at 21.3 points per game. But this very genuine report is fairly damning: according to KTSP's Darren Wolfson, Towns told the Wolves front office that he can't coexist with Butler, both on the court and in the locker room.