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Jimmy Butler Trade With Miami Heat Involving Josh Richardson Falls Apart

Jimmy Butler Trade With Miami Heat Involving Josh Richardson Falls Apart

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.

It has been almost three weeks since Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves, and although the Timberwolves were close to a trade this weekend, Butler is still on the team and uncertainty clouds his immediate future.

ESPN's report said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Heat owner Micky Arison were involved in a negotiations, with Taylor known to be pushing for a trade in the wake of Butler's trade demand two weeks ago. "Incentivizing a third team with draft picks became one of the road blocks in Minnesota completing the trade, league sources said". The Los Angeles Clippers, one of the three landing spots Butler initially preferred, were reportedly in talks with Minnesota, along with the Houston Rockets.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million.




Although Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden appear disinterested in a serious trade, they remain under pressure from ownership to move Butler before he walks in 2019 free agency. Miami would acquire Butler's Bird Rights in a trade and could exceed the salary cap to re-sign him.

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.

Despite this, Miami seems the most likely destination for Butler with the report stating other teams have been put off by the strong link.


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