In the two weeks since Jimmy Butler told the Minnesota Timberwolves he would like to be traded, rumors have swirled around the NBA regarding where the former Marquette star will play this season.
As of right now, it’s not looking like Butler will be coming back to Milwaukee to play with the Bucks.
Despite reports to the contrary, the Bucks and Timberwolves have not had any substantive talks about Butler, according to a league source. Possible packages or players have not been discussed and no offers have been exchanged.
Like most, if not all, other teams in the league, the Bucks did have casual, exploratory conversations with the Timberwolves following Butler’s trade demand. However, those never amounted to anything and Milwaukee has since turned its focus back to its own team, which opens the exhibition season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum.
Butler, a four-time NBA all-star, played for Marquette from 2008-’11. He was a first-round draft pick of the Bulls and spent his first six seasons in Chicago before playing for the Timberwolves last season.