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Add the Miami Heat to the list of teams pursuing Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler, who requested a trade last week.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have been “as aggressive as any team” as a suitor for Butler. Minnesota owner Glen Taylor “prefers to find a deal by early this week,” Wojnarowski added.
Butler, 29, has been excused from media day Monday and the early part of training camp as the Timberwolves look to strike a deal, The Athletic reported.
Along with the Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers are “highly interested” in Butler, a league source told Amico Hoops. The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons are among the others who have expressed interest.
Meanwhile, the Heat have reportedly been exploring trades centered on center Hassan Whiteside, as well shooting guard Dion Waiters.
The 6-foot-7 Butler turned down a four-year contract extension from the Timberwolves earlier this offseason. He will become a free agent in 2019 should he not sign an extension.
Several teams have indicated they may be willing to trade for Butler even without assurances that he’ll re-sign.
Butler was traded to the Timberwolves from the Chicago Bulls on draft day in June 2017. He averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games during his first season with the Timberwolves.
He underwent knee surgery in February but returned for the playoffs, averaging 15.8 points as the Timberwolves were eliminated by the Rockets in the first round.