Lately, it feels as if players thought as they’re bigger than basketball. They just don’t respect organizations, management, coaches and fan bases anymore, and always feel as if they could do whatever suits them, forcing trades and whatnot.
Jimmy Butler has followed this lousy trend and has demanded to be traded out of the Timberwolves before the start of the season because of Andrew Wiggins alleged lack of work ethic, naturally hurting the team’s playoff chances.
That being said, it seems like Tom Thibodeau would rather quit instead of trading Butler for young players and rebuild once again, to put even more drama on an already bad situation for the team.
According to several reports, Butler would like to be traded to the Nets, Knicks or Clippers, three teams that have the kind of cap space to offer him a max contract extension. Nonetheless, some reports point towards the Timberwolves ignoring that list and trading him to the team they feel that could give more value in return.
Truth to be told, we agree with his. Screw the player that doesn’t want to be on my team, why on earth should I meet his demands? Even if he’s a star, he shouldn’t forget about the fact that he’s also an employee. Moreover, why don’t we go ahead and take a look at the top 4 destinations the Wolves could trade him to in order to get some nice value in return while also getting payback?
4. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t on a position to contend, and they need to trade Marc Gasol ASAP. With the Timberwolves not being interested in young assets, they could try and snatch the Spaniard out of the grindhouse.
Butler couldn’t single-handedly lead the Grizzlies to the playoffs and would have to settle for yet another rebuilding process and be extremely frustrated, but that could be a win-win situation for both teams.
3. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic has been one of the worst teams in the league for ages, and even though they have some nice young players now, they’re years away from being able to compete in the Eastern Conference.
Aaron Gordon was supposedly in the trade block the prior campaign, so the Timberwolves could try and get him while sending a future 1st rounder and Jimmy Butler to the Magic and could still be on the winning end of that move.
2. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the most self-destructive organizations ever, so making a trade for a guy that’s a lock to leave them at the end of the season is just a classic Kings move.
Sac-town doesn’t have proven stars on their roster but could offer players of the likes of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein in order to get Butler, a couple of guys that would perfectly fit the Timberwolves starting five. Just picture this: Teague, Bogdanovic, Wiggins, Towns, Cauley-Stein. That’s a great balance.
1. Atlanta Hawks
And finally, the Timberwolves could have the last laugh by sending Butler to the worst team in the NBA. Naturally, that would likely mean also parting ways with Tom Thibodeau, as they don’t have any proven players that could be ready to contribute right away.
The Hawks would likely send several draft picks, Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon to the Timberwolves, a couple of role players that could either be traded right away or actually be quite productive for the team.