Are Heat Emerging As Front-Runner For Jimmy Butler Trade?

Ruben Hill
September 25, 2018

Essentially head coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden want to keep Butler in Minnesota.

According to The Athletic, Butler has been excused from attending media day and "won't be available for on-court activities" when training camp kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Butler is on the trade block and the team's owner Glen Taylor has mandated the four-time all-star needs to be traded.

Last week Woj reported that Butler had given the Timberwolves a list of teams he was interested in being traded to, which included the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.

The shortlist of three has now grown to 12 potential teams willing to swing a deal for Butler, giving Minnesota's brass more options than they initially had. I would say no, but I do applaud the team for even making a call.

Also sparking that speculation: The fact that Towns' decision to sign a five-year, $190 million extension came shortly after Butler's trade request.

But Towns merely chalked that up to "very awkward", coincidental timing, saying that Butler's decision - or the choice to trade him - had nothing to do with Towns signing his extension. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are both in great shape and the experience in the playoffs past year helped them significantly.

Now that your caught up with the drama in Minnesota, let's start by sending Jimmy Butler to San Antonio and see what we can get back for the 4-time All-Star. The Cavs reportedly talked to Chicago about acquiring Butler last off-season, but as David Griffin's contract expired, negotiations to bring in a general manager were in limbo.

"When you look at who Jimmy is, he's a top 10 players in the league", Thibodeau said.

Based off of the most recent reports, it seems as though the Timberwolves are looking to make a deal as soon as possible.

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