Timberwolves, Heat came close to Butler deal per reports

Silvia Morton
October 10, 2018

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Minnesota shared Butler's medical info with Miami, owners were involved and sides prepared to finalize.

The Miami Heat came extremely close to announcing a new player over the weekend. Butler reportedly submitted a trade request last month, but since then, the Timberwolves just haven't moved their All-NBA guard.

Other teams were hesitant to engage the Timberwolves in trade talks because there was an assumption Butler would wind up with Miami.

Miami's believed willingness to pay Butler something in the neighborhood of a five-year, $190 million maximum contract next summer has played a part in Butler's enthusiasm in pursuing a deal there, league sources said.

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The report states talks between Miami and Minnesota could likely be reignited, but bridges will need to be re-built before any deal could be reached. Though coach Tom Thibodeau has reportedly been skeptical of dealing Butler, and made an effort to talk him into re-joining the team, it appears the situation is irreparable.

It's unclear what Minnesota wanted in return for the 29-year-old Butler, but Miami felt the Timberwolves' asking price wasn't worth it for him.

However, after the Wolves pushed for more than what the Heat were willing to offer, the deal was taken off the table. The report also said the Rockets have been aggressive in trying to acquire Butler while Yahoo reported the Clippers have interest in trading for Butler.

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