Jimmy Butler has demanded a trade from the Timberwolves.
While they are free agents, in order to get space for the two max players, the Clippers would have to renounce most of, if not all, of their bird rights which means they can not be signed over the cap. "Therefore a team acquiring Butler would not need to utilize cap space in the 2019-20 season for such a contract".
Nevertheless, it remains uncertain how much - if anything - the Clippers would trade for a player whom the team could sign this summer without surrendering any assets.
Meanwhile, if the Clippers have not traded for Butler, odds are they don't make the playoffs and thus keep their lottery protected first round pick.
Butler would like to be traded to Knicks, Nets, Clippers or HEAT so he can be the MAN in a big city.
The 29-year-old four-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in his first season with Minnesota in 2017-18. The Sun-Times reported earlier this summer that Butler had grown frustrated with the "nonchalant attitudes" of some of the younger Timberwolves, including recent No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Butler informed Tom Thibodeau he would prefer a trade and plans to leave in free agency. Thibodeau understands this - he's not going to get value for Butler in a trade right now and he won't get a package that helps him win this year and get back into the playoffs for a second straight season after they missed it for 13 years.
Oh, and there's also the report that Butler and Irving had an interest in teaming up somewhere within the East.
The Bulls may now be in a healthier organizational position without their successful head coach and former star player, with the team that jumped at both of them in complete turmoil. I'm not giving up hope yet, though, because Daryl Morey is an actual magician that could make a deal if needed.