Suns could target point guard in potential 3-team deal involving Butler

11 October, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Report: Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

Why are the Heat apparently reluctant to include Josh Richardson in any deal for Butler, and why would the Minnesota Timberwolves insist on Richardson coming their way? Timberwolves do not appear any closer a deal.

As the sweepstakes for Jimmy Butler continues to heat up, acquiring the all-star shooting guard isn't just about this season for a team like the Miami Heat, who is apparently one of the teams engaged in discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

An executive with another Eastern Conference team said he believes Miami is the leading contender for Butler but that wasn't based on anything the Wolves have told him. Don't expect Butler on the Timberwolves' roster when the 2018-19 season begins next month.

Still, Butler's request is a curveball thrown at a less-than-ideal time with training camp set to start Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Miami remains an attractive destination, with Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk, and Hassan Whiteside all players that could potentially come back to Minnesota.

After The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported last week that Jimmy Butler wanted out of Minnesota, many National Basketball Association teams, including the Rockets, are scrambling to put together a trade package that would work for both sides.

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Nearly every team in the league, both contending and rebuilding, are seemingly interested in the four-time All-Star, four-time All-Defense and two-time All-NBA member. The Rockets are among the host of teams pursuing Butler and they're willing to be "creative" in order to agree terms of a trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's easy to see why most teams think Minnesota's asking price for Butler is way too steep. "But we're not just going to make any deal".

Butler, who averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season, turned down a four-year extension worth approximately $110 million this past summer. Keep in mind, this is all for a disgruntled player with only one year left on his contract.

I completely understand the appeal of the Cavs wanting to get a proven commodity in Butler; he's that second 20-plus point guy to go with Love.

That's the only way Thibodeau could sleep at night after letting Butler walk out the door.

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