Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star wing Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the team this past week, originally naming the Knicks, Clippers and Nets as his preferred destinations where he would sign and extension to remain with the tame.
However, on Wednesday Butler announced that his preferred destination is now the Miami Heat, after general manager Pat Riley expressed great interest in trading for Butler.
While the Timberwolves have kept their cards close to their chest, with head coach and president of basketball p[erations Tom Thibodeau saying that the team was not looking to trade Butler, general manager Glen Taylor has been more open to a trade and may override Thibodeau's decision.
The Butler trade request created a major rift throughout the Timberwolves organization with multiple players, or relatives to players, cryptically voicing their view on the situation.
It began with this tweet by the brother of Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins, who was rumored to not have the best relationship with Butler.
It is well documented that Butler would grow frustrated with Wiggins and All-Star forward Karl-Anthony Towns during this past season after being traded from the Bulls.
Butler responded to the comments by Nick Wiggins with this Instagram video:
That led to the discovery of a beef between Butler and Towns. The night that Butler tore his meniscus last season, he called out Towns who hit one of the walls on his way to the locker room.
It was also discovered that Butler was apart of not allowing former Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio back into the locker room when his current team, the Utah Jazz, played against Minnesota last season.
Butler, a four time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection, will now need a resolution in order to avoid an awkward situation for his final season of his contract. Since he is a free agent after this season, team's that feel that they cannot sign Butler won't be as committed to bringing him on via a trade.
The entire trade request brought petty Tweets from people throughout the league, including Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, who was traded by Minnesota on draft night for Butler.
If Butler gets a trade to Miami, he would re-unite with Dwayne Wade, who he spent a season with in Chicago.
Regardless, the entire Butler situation confirmed that the NBA and the drama that comes with it is back.
And for that, I'm excited.