However, the report adds the Timberwolves wouldn't have the opportunity to immediately use any of the assets acquired in the trade because Chriss and Knight don't have a timetable to return.
The belief is that Thibodeau would rather see an impact player included in the deal, and perhaps less draft picks since first rounders can not be packaged together in consecutive years. National Basketball Association rules say that first-round picks can't be conveyed in successive years, and no pick can be dealt farther out than seven seasons.
Though Butler has been trying to force his way out of Minnesota since the offseason, the Timberwolves have held onto him while continuing to field trade offers.
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Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China at Shenzhen Universidade. Four picks is the most a team is allowed to trade at one time during a seven-year period.
So far, Minnesota has been unmoved on offers for Butler, who requested a trade in the preseason and has told the organization that he plans to leave in free agency this summer.
Of course, those picks are most likely protected, but it's still very interesting and intriguing enough to sign a deal by the end of the night - if true.
Our first trade will include a lot of draft picks, per the story above - and all have gone through the ESPN trade machine legally.