Lakers won't include Lonzo Ball in a trade for Jimmy Butler

Lakers won't include Lonzo Ball in a trade for Jimmy Butler

Lakers won't include Lonzo Ball in a trade for Jimmy Butler

However, it seems that coach and president Tom Thibodeau is dead set on keeping Butler and trying to compete. Or he's ignoring it.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Taylor said on Friday that general managers and owners should contact him directly if necessary as Butler is indeed available.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game.

Earlier this week Jimmy Butler reportedly informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that he wanted to be traded.

Because of Thibodeau's uncertain long-term status with ownership, Taylor could have a different view on how to handle the trade request given the possibility that Butler could leave Minnesota in summer free agency without the Wolves getting back the kind of assets that would come with a trade. That means Thibodeau is ignoring the fact that not only does Butler want out, but also that Butler's relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins appears to be fractured beyond fix.

Thibodeau is the decision-maker in this matter, but Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor could step in should this situation drag on longer, as he has in the past.

There remains a real possibility that Butler may not report to training camp on September 25 if he's not moved, league sources told The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski.

It's already time to pump the breaks regarding Jimmy Butler to the Los Angeles Clippers. As much as the Lakers would surely love to pair LeBron James with a co-star, they couldn't trade for Butler without including Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram.

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