ESPN had reported on Friday that Taylor was telling teams to come to him with their offers if Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden weren't being receptive. Technically, Butler is now signed through the 2019-20 season, but he has a player option for that final year and will nearly certainly opt out of the deal.
"That prompted Andrew Wiggins" brother to post "Hallelujah" while reacting to the news. This would remove leverage from the Timberwolves, giving Butler more power.
Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota.
Those teams would allow him to live in a major market, and also have the cap space to re-sign him in free agency next summer while being able to lure another star to join him.
The super-max deal includes the ability for Towns to earn 30 percent of the Timberwolves' salary cap with the fulfillment of reaching one of the three All-NBA teams, or being voted league MVP or Defensive Player of the Year once in the next two years.
Dinwiddie had a breakout season past year, finishing third in the voting for Most Improved Player. As we know, the Bulls traded Butler on draft night in 2017, for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick. But I could be wrong - which isn't news to anyone - and the Wolves could make their worst roster decision in franchise history by keeping Butler all year.
Butler, 29, appeared in 59 games last season for the Timberwolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals.
Butler and Towns led the way on the court but it's clear now they did not click off the court.
Taylor's message stands in contrast to the message from Minnesota's front office.