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NBA Notebook: Jimmy Butler trade talks continue to heat up, Ty Lue gets raw deal in Cleveland

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The Jimmy Butler trade demand saga has now entered month two, and the sense of urgency for all sides involved has only increased now that the regular season has begun. The Wolves have stumbled out of the gate to a 2-4 start with Butler suiting up for five of those contests. His production has been adequate for a player of his talents, but Minnesota’s top star in Karl-Anthony Towns has looked like a shell of himself through six games, averaging career lows in PPG (16.3) and RPG (8.8).

With Towns and Butler seemingly still at odds and with the Wolves’ season in the balance, the pressure would seem to be rising on Tom Thibodeau to make a move involving the All-Star. A slow start isn’t something that will be easy to overcome in the Western Conference, and each day that passes seemingly reduces Butler’s trade value as the season progresses.

The good news for the Wolves? Butler’s potential suitors may be in worse shape than they were a couple weeks ago, opening the door to a sweetened offer potentially from the Wolves in the coming weeks.