It always can change. I just think #Nets would rather reach FA in 2019 with full salary cap space of $65 million and without sacrificing assets in terms of players they like and draft picks. #JimmyButler availability comes at awkward time. Would be diff for #KyrieIrving.— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) September 24, 2018
The Nets are among at least TWELVE teams who have been described as “interested” in talking with the TWolves about the four-time All-Star, but Adrian Wojnarowski noted Sunday that “few franchises, if any, are engaged in serious conversations with the Timberwolves on Butler.”
Also, dysfunction at the top of the Minnesota organization appears to have delayed the process. Owner Glenn Taylor reportedly wants to move Butler as soon as possible while president of basketball operations/head coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden have been reluctant.
In any case, sorting out offers for Butler, who asked for a trade last week, will take some time. Like the Nets, the Timberwolves have their Media Day Monday and open training camp on Tuesday. Butler has been excused from both.
In addition to the Nets, various reports have Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, the LA Clippers, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto and Washington interested in talking with Minnesota.
Miami appears to be the most aggressive, Woj reports, with Pat Riley reportedly offering a package centered around Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson and a first round pick for Butler and perhaps Gorgui Dieng, who the TWolves would also like to move, if possible.
Neither Sean Marks nor Kenny Atkinson are expected to be available for Media Day in Brooklyn Monday. They spoke to reporters last week and traditionally leave Media Day to the players.