Miami Heat pushing Minnesota Timberwolves to accept revised Butler deal

Tanya Simon
October 5, 2018

Jimmy Butler won't be holding out from Timberwolves camp.

Minnesota's regular season starts October 17 against the San Antonio Spurs, and according to the ESPN report, head coach Tom Thibodeau is hoping Butler to return to practice and start preparing for the regular season.

Stein also revealed that a third team hasn't entered talks yet, as Miami and Minnesota try to find a proper deal. "Most teams around the league, rival teams believe that Minnesota has been pretty much targeting Miami and has locked in on Miami as a potential destination for Jimmy Butler".

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Minnesota is keen on dumping the remaining $48 million of reserve center Gorgui Dieng's contract on any prospective suitor. While a star staying on a team shortly after requesting a trade is not unheard of in the National Basketball Association, it is certainly not the ideal scenario for either party.

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Heat star Dwyane Wade is good friends with Butler. He's expected to decline the option and become a free agent, giving him the leverage to demand a trade to a team he would re-sign with next summer.

But the Rockets are on the clock to make something happen if they want to acquire Butler and keep him beyond the 2018-19 season. That deal would come with cap hits of $40 million and $43 million in the final two years of the deal, as ESPN's Bobby Marks reported.

Though the preference is to keep Richardson, Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk and Justise Winslow, the Heat likely would need to relinquish at least one and possibly two of those in a trade for Butler.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.

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