I'm seriously starting to wonder if the Wolves might commit to Butler instead of KAT long-term.
Think about it for a minute. They signed KAT to a 5 year extension, meaning they have him locked up for 6 years total including this year. After that, he is an UFA.
Who would you rather have for the next 6 years? Butler or Towns? With the way Butler takes care of his body, and the advances in modern medicine, I'm starting to think Butler could play at an all-star level through his mid-30s (ala Chris Paul, etc.).
KAT has shown little-to-no ability to help his team win games. He produces, and he has an intriguing talent, but the team has not benefited. Butler, on the other hand, definitely helps his team win games.
And even if they were close in on-court wins over the next 6 years, which player would get you back more?
Butler could get 4 late firsts (that could become seconds) spread out over 7 years, with two injured players
KAT could get much much more. I would think the Celtics would give up the Kings picks, other picks, Morris, Rozier, and Yabu at least. Probably include Brown too. Other teams might give more or less.
The Wolves would be much better with Rozier, Butler, the kings pick, and other players than KAT and late-round picks over the next 6 years.
Here's the narrative that makes sense: Tell Butler that they would like to commit long-term to him with a 5 year max. Make the offer. Get his signature on the condition that the Wolves commit to putting winning, hard-working, talented players around him, starting by trading KAT.
Trade the newly acquired assets, includ Kings pick, for another star (target Gasol, Conley?)
Be ready to compete next year after Durant leaves the Warriors.