5 trades the Cavs can make for Jimmy Butler

Kristopher Nichols
September 29, 2018

Over the last 24-36 house, there have been numerous times when it felt like a Jimmy Butler bomb was about to drop.

Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports that Thibodeau and his assistant, general manager Scott Layden, have been dragging their feet on trading Butler and ignoring an directive from owner Glen Taylor to get a trade done.

Per Wojnarowski, if the Heat ship All-Star guard Goran Dragic to the Timberwolves in a Butler deal, it could make Minnesota's Jeff Teague available for Phoenix in a multi-team trade. Then, a three-team trade seemed likely, which may still be the case.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts in the final seconds of their 105-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

With there being no shortage of suitors for Butler's services and the price the Wolves paid for Butler, there's little doubt that they'll be looking to recoup much of what they lost for just one season with him on the team.

Minnesota would surely receive a first-round pick, too, but it would be late in the round and not all that attractive.

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Butler was given permission to skip the team's media day on Monday.

The Wolves are seeking a combination of veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest.

Teams pursuing Butler remain skeptical of Thibodeau's desire to execute a trade, believing that he's making counterproposals that Thibodeau knows teams will never accept.

"One thing about everybody who's here, from the coaching staff, players, everybody's familiar with each other, we've been through a lot together, so we've just got to keep trying".

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