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Jimmy Butler still wants to be traded and his camp is reportedly growing “increasingly frustrated” with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ inability to strike a deal.
Butler’s trade request is nearing the two-week mark. He has not attended training camp and according to most reports, has no plans to do so. The All-Star swingman is instead sitting out while waiting for the Timberwolves to send him off, ending his one-year run with the franchise.
“According to league sources, Butler and his representatives are increasingly frustrated with Minnesota’s handling of trade talks and seriously question whether the Timberwolves — from longtime owner Glen Taylor on down — are truly trying to find a deal,” The Athletic reported.
A number of teams are said to have expressed interest in Butler, from the Miami Heat to Houston Rockets to Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. Butler’s preference is said to be the Heat.
It appears the Heat have made an offer, and according to one report, it is the final one. The Timberwolves have yet to budge.
Part of that may be because of president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau, who is known to drive a hard bargain. On top of that, Thibodeau reportedly doesn’t really even want to trade Butler and recently expressed hope that Butler would change his mind and report to the team.
“All across the NBA, with more than half the league having shown varying levels of interest in landing the four-time All-Star, the feedback coming Butler’s way remains the same: Minnesota’s asking price is far too high, inter-team communication is sometimes an exercise in futility, and the counter-offers that the Timberwolves have provided are, as Butler’s side sees it, downright delusional,” The Athletic reported.
So for Butler and the Timberwolves, it remains a whole lot of wait-and-see and apparently, at least a little bit of frustration.