Kings, Suns Willing to Help Facilitate Jimmy Butler Trade

Kristopher Nichols
September 28, 2018

Almost one week after reportedly issuing his trade request, Jimmy Butler still remains a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The New York Times' Marc Stein tweeted that South Beach is Butler's preferred destination.

Jimmy Butler apparently has altered his thinking when it comes to where he would like to be traded. A Heat spokesman told the Sun Sentinel recently they would not address speculation, but Miami looks like a major player in the Butler sweepstakes. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.

"Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we'll honor that", said Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. "The Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and Miami Heat all have contracts that they would love to unload, and a Butler deal could mean that they deliver Sacramento a pick and cash to take on a veteran player".

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Thibodeau recently indicated the Timberwolves do indeed intend to trade Butler, "but we're not going to do a bad deal". Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report. Thus, the most recent reports on this saga, from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, say that the Wolves' current asking price is simply too high.

AmicoHoops sources confirmed the reported talks between the Timberwolves and Cavs.

With the group the Celtics have clicking and looking like championship-contenders, there's no reason to trade for Butler right now.

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