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Nevertheless, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor plans to be heavily involved in the decision-making process with president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, league sources said.

We are probably closer to the beginning that the end of the situation involving Butler and what appears to be an inevitable trade, however, with Taylor's requirement that Butler be dealt before camp begins on Tuesday, it stands to reason that things will heat up on Sunday and Monday. But they also won't lack for incoming offers, so it's just a matter of getting a suitable return that doesn't invite talk they got fleeced. He has publicly questioned the effort of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Minnesota fans will be delighted to see the talented young star commit to the franchise and there's certainly a lot more to come from a player who's already established himself as one of the best big men in the league.

Towns had one year remaining on his rookie contract, a four-year $25.7 million deal he signed in 2015.

The Cavaliers were linked to Butler last summer, too.

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Further, while Butler is a player who can replace James at small forward, he's a player that Kyrie Irving has been said to be interested in teaming up with.

Butler and Towns led the way on the court but it's clear now they did not click off the court. Part of that may be smart negotiation tactics, but the more significant factors are that right now offers the trade offers are lowball, plus Thibodeau realizes his job on the line and this team is not as good without Butler.

That's now in the past, with Towns agreeing to the deal, which could grow to as much as $190 million over the next five years if Towns reaches certain thresholds during this upcoming season.

Further exacerbating (LeBron) James' frustration is the Cavs were close to making a deal for then-Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler the day Gilbert chose to mutually part ways with Griffin and Redden, two people familiar with negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. With the current crop of talent the Knicks have, they're still a little ways away from becoming a contender, especially if Butler were to sign there without another star doing the same. The Nets and Clippers will both have room for two max contracts next offseason.

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