JIMMY Butler does not want to stay in Minnesota for the long haul.
The Timberwolves star has rejected a four-year extension worth about $148 million (AUD), according to Minneapolis TV station KSTP.
Butler’s current contract expires after the 2019-20 season.
Butler is said to be unhappy with Minnesota’s current situation, with the Chicago Sun-Times reporting earlier this month that he’s “fed up” with his teammates.
The frustrated shooting guard wants to play with Kyrie Irving instead, according to that report. Irving has said he would not sign a contract extension with the Celtics before hitting free agency next off-season.
Irving has been linked to the Knicks since demanding a trade off the Cavaliers and Butler liked a comment on Instagram Thursday that said, “you and Kyrie coming to the Knicks 2019…”
But for now, the Celtics are thought to be a potential partner if the Timberwolves opt to trade Butler before his contract expires.
Last season Irving told Butler, who was then with the Bulls, that he wanted to leave Cleveland and play with him in Chicago, but the Bulls couldn’t muster enough assets to land him.