However, don't count out Kawhi's current team, the Raptors, out of the picture yet, as they're already doing everything they can in order to retain the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Kyrie Irving reportedly never wanted LeBron to join him in Cleveland, thought about demanding a trade the same summer the team won a championship and ultimately forced his way out of town anyway. Certainly. New York also appears to be Butler's second choice after the Clippers, per Wojnarowski, so Butler and Irving teaming up on the Knicks still is on the table. But the real question is whether or not the front office in Los Angeles would consider sacrificing assets knowing they could potentially sign both Butler and Leonard outright as free agents next summer.
However, what hasn't disappeared is his desire to play in the California area, the place where he is from, so it's unsurprising that he sees the Clippers as front-runners for his services.
According to the reports, Butler met with Minnesota team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday and told Thibodeau he doesn't want to start the season with the Wolves.
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Throughout the upcoming season, there will be conflicting reports about Butler and Leonard. They could also just wait for next summer without compromising their future.
The Knicks may not be interested in trading for Butler, based on statements made by general manager Steve Mills on Monday. Thibodeau is famously, and relentlessly, competitive, and it is hard to envision him being willing to part with a player who embodies everything he values in a player and whom he traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft to acquire.