T-Wolves’ Teague: It’d be nice if Butler decided to stay

Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague was forced to miss the playoffs with a foot injury.

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague would welcome back All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler with open arms, in the off chance Butler wanted to stay with the Timberwolves.

Butler requested a trade a couple weeks ago. Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has tried, to no avail, to convince Butler to change his mind.

But should Butler decide to return, it will be business as usual, according to Teague.

“It would be nice,” Teague told reporters. “That’s my friend. But that’s not up to me.”

Instead, the Timberwolves are reportedly working to grant Butler his wish, reportedly holding trade conversations with more than half the league. They are said to be especially engaged with the Miami Heat, though a deal doesn’t appear to be imminent.

“Fluid situation,” Thibodeau said. “Worried about the guys that are here. … We’ll do what’s best for the team.”

The Timberwolves are eyeing guard Josh Richardson, center Bam Adeboya and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick in their trade talks with the Heat, according to one report.

Along with the Heat, the Houston Rockets supposedly have aggressively pursued Butler. The Rockets were not initially among Butler’s reported list of preferences, which included the Heat, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

A report from the New York Times said the Timberwolves are reluctant to trade Butler to the Rockets, since both compete in the Western Conference and the Rockets are already a contender.

Butler can become a free agent at the end of the season, a fact that could make it difficult for the Timberwolves to trade Butler to someplace he may not want to go.