July 1, 2018, 1:05 amJimmy ButlerG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves reportedly opened free agency by alerting Jimmy Butler that they'd like to re-sign him, and plan to offer an extension in the neighborhood of four years and $110 million.
Butler can accept that offer starting on June 9 but there's almost no way he accepts it. Jimmy Buckets can hit free agency after next season and the Wolves could then offer him a five-year max deal worth upwards of $180 million. He's not leaving all that money on the table, so Minnesota will need to find a way to dump Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng and clear up space by then or risk losing Butler — who has already said he'll prioritize winning (doesn't everybody?) — for nothing. Extending Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns are the team's two big goals for the near future.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter