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The Miami Heat have been at the center of trade rumors involving Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler but appears no deal is imminent and Pat Riley sounds as if he’s unsure if one will ever come.
“I’m not looking, I’m listening and [general manager Andy Elisburg] and I are … we’ve been doing this all the time,” the Heat president told reporters and fans at a special event. “We’re not actively pursuing anything, we’re listening. But you have to be part of what’s going on in the conversation in the NBA, and there’s a lot of hypotheticals from that standpoint.”
Riley and the Heat reportedly came close to closing a deal for Butler a little more than a month ago, but talks supposedly fell apart at the last minute.
Not long after that, Riley admittedly told the players he had ceased talking with the Timberwolves about Butler. But the Heat have since re-opened talks, according to multiple reports.
“There’s always conversations — probably more Andy than myself because he loves to talk,” Riley said. “So he has a brethren out there, and his brethren are great. He’s got 29, 30 GMs that they all like to talk, and so they need to talk to one another. You listen, and I think that’s how things happen is you just sort of listen.”
The Heat are off to a 5-5 start and while Riley has made it seem if the Heat aren’t close to making a deal, multiple league sources continue to indicate that they believe Butler will end up in Miami before the February trade deadline.