Woj: Jimmy Butler trade talks 'collapsed’ between Timberwolves and Heat

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2018

The Miami Heat almost completed a blockbuster deal for Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler before it collapsed over the weekend, according to an ESPN report. It would have sent the Timberwolves' disgruntled star to Miami as part of a trade package, according to Woj. "Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return..."

The report says Minnesota had shared Butler's medical records with Miami late in the week, which is typically the final step before a deal is consummated.

"Minnesota has been engaged with no serious talks elsewhere on Butler, with teams believing that a Miami deal was inevitable and the Timberwolves steep asking price often remaining a non-starter in talks", Wojnarowski wrote, citing league sources.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million. The Heat stand among Butler's preference landing destinations.

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Thibodeau has said Butler's situation is "fluid" and has repeated many times over the last few weeks that he will make a deal as long as a good deal materializes. The Clippers and Nets never found traction in conversations with Minnesota, and the Knicks never called, sources said.

Wojnarowski also reported that the Timberwolves are kind of relying on the Heat to be a trade partner right now, because the rest of the market for Butler has dried up.

Previous reports indicated the Timberwolves' preference that several of the Heat's blue-chip assets be included in a Butler trade - namely, Bam Adebayo, Josh Richardson, and a 2019 first-round pick.

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