Towns Signs "Super-Maximum" Contract Extension to Remain with Timberwolves

Did Lauri Markkanen send a message to the Timberwolves after Jimmy Butler’s trade demand?

Defense was a also major key point in Thibodeau's first season with the Wolves that led him to bring in players who played under him before.

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 will be a free agent next summer and the T-Wolves owner is not prepared to lose him for nothing. And with Butler helping Minnesota end the NBA's longest playoff drought, it is clear that the Timberwolves have enough talent to be a playoff contender.

The status of Minnesota's leading scorer previous year, however, remains most uncertain.

Maybe the reason Butler didn't list the Lakers on his preferred destinations because he, too, knew how unrealistic it was, or maybe he actually doesn't want to play second fiddle to James, as reports have suggested.

Pairing Butler and Kawhi Leonard could have the Clippers in the championship conversation, but with many teams courting them next summer, nothing is guaranteed.

Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years for 2015 fatal hit-and-run
He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. An altercation occurred outside the Tam's Burgers Compton restaurant, and Knight ran over two men with his truck.

Jimmy Butler's recent trade request triggered a flow of drama that included Andrew Wiggins' brother calling out Butler, Butler calling out Wiggins, Stephen Jackson calling out Wiggins, and then finally Wiggins returning the favor and calling out Jackson.

All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns finally agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Towns was the No. 1 overall pick by Minnesota in 2015. He made the Western Conference All-Stars and earned third-team All-NBA honors.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million.

TSN's Josh Lewenberg notes that if the Toronto Raptors wanted to make a play for Butler, it would be hard because they would have to send out at least $15.8 million in salary and can not trade a first-rounder until 2021's selection.

Jimmy Butler is not an easy guy to get along with and has a history of causing locker room issues. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal.

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