Miami Heat Have High Interest in Trading for Jimmy Butler

Miami Heat Have High Interest in Trading for Jimmy Butler

One day after a scheduled meeting between Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau, the team's president of basketball operations and head coach, The Athletic reported that Butler has requested a trade. The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers are expected as desired destination, and could.

Butler also turned down a contract extension offered by the Timberwolves earlier this offseason, knowing he could wait another season, become a free agent and sign a bigger contract. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.

San Antonio could send Pau Gasol to Minnesota to make the salaries match, according to ESPN's trade machine, and that would reunite Thibodeau with one of his former Bulls players that he seems keen on acquiring.

In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting. Minnesota has showed no inclination to immediately honor the request.

Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months. Prior to his time in Minnesota, the four-time All-Star spent six seasons with the Bulls. At the time, Thibodeau said he wasn't concerned that perhaps Butler wanted to move on from the franchise.

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