TWolves, Heat were close to consummating deal for Butler

09 October, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Butler was almost traded to the Miami Heat this weekend before the Timberwolves pushed for a larger return, causing the deal to collapse, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Miami Heat can talk a big game, but if the Heat want to do more than hope that Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo become superstars they probably need that Jimmy Butler trade to work out.

"Minnesota and Miami had been discussing deals that included a third team to take on salary, as well as doing a direct trade between only the Timberwolves and Heat, league sources said".

Minnesota had shared Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week, sources said, a typical last step before finalizing a trade.


Butler has yet to report to the Timberwolves since his trade demand, but has been working out at the team's facilities, with the team listing him as rehabilitating from July wrist surgery. The Los Angeles Clippers, one of the three landing spots Butler initially preferred, were reportedly in talks with Minnesota, along with the Houston Rockets. With negotiations reaching another dead end, Butler's camp has started questioning if the Wolves front office is actually making a deal or just pretending to get a deal done.

Butler has been linked with several teams.

Richardson is entering the first season of a four-year, $42 million extension, less than Butler, 29, would make in the fifth and final year of the $190 free-agent contract he is seeking, one that would begin in 2019-20.

Wojnarowski also reported that the Timberwolves are kind of relying on the Heat to be a trade partner right now, because the rest of the market for Butler has dried up.

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