Miami Heat Have High Interest in Trading for Jimmy Butler

Heather Diaz
September 21, 2018

With NBA training camps set to open up in a number of days, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is trying to force his way out of Minnesota and has requested a trade from the Timberwolves.

Moreover, the Timberwolves essentially lost out on Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen for 50-odd games of Jimmy Butler thanks to head coach Tom Thibodeau and the front office.

Jimmy Butler made it known that he wants out of Minnesota on Tuesday.

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer. Butler didn't have LeBron on his list of teams he'd like to be traded to.

The Clippers, Nets, and Knicks all have enough cap space to give Butler a max salary next summer, but it's Los Angeles that is being tipped as the top destination due to their current ability to partner him with another star player in free agency.

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"He took it all on board and when he came out last night, I did say to him afterward, 'I think you could win after that'".

The 2018-19 National Basketball Association season has not officially started, but upcoming free agents like Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are already thinking ahead to July 1, 2019. ESPN's Adiran Wojnarowski reported that Butler is "most determined to find a way" to the Clippers.

Butler was their leading scorer last season.

Nevertheless, it remains uncertain how much - if anything - the Clippers would trade for a player whom the team could sign this summer without surrendering any assets.

"That prompted Andrew Wiggins" brother to post "Hallelujah" while reacting to the news. Actually making the trade could be a complicated affair, particularly since Thibodeau reportedly is not interested in making a deal to move Butler. While that certainly doesn't mean that he would want to play for the team now, it also doesn't hurt that he has that instant connection from being from the Houston area. The NBA has steadily moved away from the "emperor coach" model of having one man overseeing all aspects of the organization in recent years, and only two - Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio - remain in the league. In his first season with the Wolves a year ago, the four-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game to help the team improve by 16 wins from the season prior and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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