After registering a trade request at Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in driving a future with Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN .
Butler's ability to collaborate on Clippers with a second star in a deep summer-free agency market gives a strong call to Butler, says league sources.
Clippers has two maximum contract slots available in July, appearing as a frontrunner for Toronto All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a freelance in July, said league sources.
Butler told Minnesota's president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to trade before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday, preferring primarily the opportunity for Clippers ̵
Brooklyn Nets ability to sign two high free agents in the summer will keep them in consideration of Butler, but he has prioritized Clippers and Knicks over them, said league sources.
Thibodeau's first reaction to the trade request was that he would win now and trade Butler would almost certainly regain a package that would reduce Timberwolf's chances in the short run,
The Clippers has a roster that contains a mix of good veterans (Tobias Harris , Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams) and talented young guards who may appeal to Thibodeau's desire to surround the All Star center of Karl-Anthony Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins with playoff-competent talent.
Still, it is still uncertain how much – if any – Clippers would shop for a player the team could sign this umm without transferring any assets.
Butler, in any case, wants to trade a team that plans to sign him for a five-year maximum contract worth $ 190 million in the summer and his list can expand based on Timberwolves and the rivalry's willingness to negotiate a trade for him, says league sources.