Nets not likely to make deal for Wolves star Butler

It's been nearly two weeks since star swingman Jimmy Butler requested a trade away from the Timberwolves.

The Brooklyn Nets aren’t likely to trade for available Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, according to a report from Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

Butler requested a trade last week and the Nets were supposedly among the preferred destinations he listed for the Timberwolves. But instead of dealing for Butler, the Nets seem intent on hanging on to the win players already on the roster.

Caris LeVert, DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe — all of whom have been linked with Butler in trade rumors — stand to play major minutes for Brooklyn, as does Joe Harris,” Lewis wrote. “And with the Nets not in active talks over Butler, all four could be with the team for a while.”

Butler has since reportedly told the Timberwolves that the Miami Heat are his top choice — though sources told AmicoHoops the Timberwolves aren’t factoring in Butler’s wishes during trade talks.

The Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers are among the others linked to Butler.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns have both been mentioned as teams that could potentially facilitate a three-way trade centered on Butler.

But for now, it appears, the Nets are out.