Report: Jimmy Butler told Timberwolves to trade him by Friday


Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler reiterated his trade request Monday.

He also apparently set a deadline for Minnesota to move him.

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Or else what?

He’ll request another trade? He’ll leak more undermining information? He’ll further disrupt practice flow?

Butler has only so much leverage. He can exert whatever pressure he can, but sitting out games could come with dire consequences. Unless he pleads injury, Minnesota holds the cards for now.

Of course, the clock is ticking. Butler can become a free agent and leave next summer, which the Timberwolves are keenly aware of. But it’s hard to see how Friday, not the February trade deadline, is the real deadline