While requesting a trade from the Timberwolves on Tuesday in a meeting with coach and team president Tom Thibodeau, Butler gave Minnesota a list of teams he would like to be traded to, and with whom he would be willing to sign an extension. Reports indicate Butler has requested to be traded, and there are up to three teams where he would potentially sign a maximum contract extension.
The idea of Butler to the Knicks, of course, draws intrigue with another future free agent: Kyrie Irving.
While they don't appear to be on his list of preferred teams, the Los Angeles Lakers were previously connected to Butler. Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved.
That happened, sort of, as the Wolves won 47 games and landed the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference before bowing out to the top-seeded Houston Rockets in just five games in the first round.
After six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Butler played his first season in Minnesota a year ago, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games.
Last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists. The 29-year-old was selected No. 30 overall in the 2011 draft by Chicago.