Heat remain frontrunner in chase for Wolves’ Butler

Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler was reportedly close to being traded to the Heat.

The Miami Heat remain the odds-on favorite to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler in a trade, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“Miami has certainly been the most aggressive in getting him,” the Minneapolis-based Krawczynski said during an appearance on ESPN 99.1 radio.

Krawczynski added that the Houston Rockets are continuing their pursuit of Butler, who requested a trade more than a month ago. He also said he suspects the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets may re-engage in Butler talks with the Timberwolves.

While all those teams and more may be involved, and Krawczynski said the Butler sweepstakes are “hard to handicap,” most around the league agree — the odds strongly favor him landing in Miami.

The Heat and Timberwolves reportedly neared a deal several weeks ago, but it fell apart at the last minute. Trade talks involving Butler are “mostly dormant” at the moment, according to Shams Charania, also of The Athletic.

Nonetheless, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a recent interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the team remains committed to trading Butler.

The Timberwolves lost their season-opener to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

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