Timberwolves, Clippers continue to talk Butler trade

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler appears likely to be on the move after requesting a trade last month.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are continuing to have trade conversations about Jimmy Butler with a number of teams, and that includes the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Like most reports, this one says the Timberwolves’ asking price for their star swingman is just too high, “with multiple players and picks being requested,” Haynes wrote.

One of those players, per Haynes, is Clippers small forward Tobias Harris. The Clippers don’t want to part with Harris, though.

“The Timberwolves’ brass hasn’t fully engaged the Clippers’ pitches, sources said, because it is believed that president of basketball operations/head coach Tom Thibodeau is holding out hope that he can persuade Butler to rescind his trade request,” Haynes wrote.

The Clippers are said to be among Butler’s preferred destinations. Same goes for the Miami Heat, and they too are reportedly fully engaged in talks with the Timberwolves.

Butler actually prefers the Heat above all others, according to multiple reports.

The Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers are among the many others who have reportedly explored a trade for Butler. The Rockets, for one, are believed to be in aggressive pursuit. It is believed the Cavs have pulled out of the running, again, as the T-Wolves wanted young players and picks.

Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague told reporters he would welcome Butler back to the team should Butler have a change of heart and decide to stay.

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

Thibodeau wouldn’t offer specifics when speaking with the media.

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

“Obviously, we’re trying to get something done.”

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