With all parties desperate to make a deal as soon as possible, we should see the situation escalate this week and expect another big trade to take place.
Cleveland has the interest, but just not the potential to sweeten the pot for Minnesota, given the total of 12 teams that have inquired about Butler.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Insider for ESPN, teams that have contacted Minnesota about Butler are the Nets, Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Sacramento Kings. Taylor has made it clear that he wants to accommodate Butler.
The deal will pay Towns, 22, more than he could make with any other team under a rule in the collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to pay a home-grown player coming off his rookie contract 35 percent of the National Basketball Association salary cap.
Butler skipped media day Monday, and is expected to miss training camp as he waits for the Timberwolves to find a deal.
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Thibodeau understands that the Wolves won't receive close to comparable talent back for Butler, and that he could miss the playoffs for the second time in three years and lose his job. Thibodeau did concede that there's never an ideal time to have to trade a player of Butler's magnitude.
There were possible rumors that Butler would be traded by late-Sunday night, but alas that didn't happen and here we are waiting for the Wolves to make a decision.
This isn't the first time the Cavaliers have inquired about Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler #23 and Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate in the final minute of overtime of the game against the Denver Nuggets on April 11, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More money is available to Butler if he plays out his contract and enters the open market in 2019.