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Kyrie Irving Claims He Hasn't Talked To Jimmy Butler About Free Agency

Kyrie Irving Claims He Hasn't Talked To Jimmy Butler About Free Agency

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have been "as aggressive as any team" as a suitor for Butler. Irving has called that strictly a business decision, as he can make much more on the open market - even from Boston - than he could by signing an extension right now.

Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson looks over at Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls on February 6, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

With the clock ticking on Butler's tenure in Minnesota in the wake of ESPN's report of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor seeking a resolution amid this week's opening of National Basketball Association training camps, several analysts have an eye pointed south.

Butler has been granted permission to not show up to Timberwolves media day on Monday, and he does not have to report to the team for the start of training camp on Tuesday. But Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Wolves' owner Taylor were seen speaking at the recent NBA Board of Governors meeting, for what it's worth alongside a report Taylor told interested teams to contact him directly about a Butler trade.




Their loose pieces in Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr. simply don't generate enough to warrant an equal trade, making this a likely impasse to get a deal done. Minnesota owner Glen Taylor "prefers to find a deal by early this week", Wojnarowski added.

Yesterday, the Timberwolves gave Karl-Anthony Towns a massive five-year extension, worth $190 million.

Sunday was full of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler news that could be summed up as mass hysteria, we were involved in that craziness as well. Thibodeau did concede that there's never an ideal time to have to trade a player of Butler's magnitude. "That was made clear".


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