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The Miami Heat really want to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, and from the sounds of things, Butler really would like to play for the Heat.
But a reported done deal over the weekend fell apart, and according to one ESPN reporter, things got a little contentious between Heat president Pat Riley and Timberwolves president/coach Tom Thibodeau.
“There’s been a couple of different incarnations of this deal,” Jorge Sedano said on ESPN Los Angeles radio. “The first one, the Heat didn’t want to take back Gorgui Dieng. Then the next incarnation of the deal was ‘OK forget it, let’s just do it straight up, just for Jimmy on your end.’ They finally relented on Josh Richardson, they were giving them Josh Richardson, then Dion Waiters was going to be the cap filler, and then a protected first-round pick.
“The medicals were exchanged, which generally in the NBA means this is a done deal. And then, Thibs called back and wanted more picks. And Pat Riley literally — I was told — called him a motherbleeper and hung up the phone.”
It has been said that Thibodeau doesn’t want to trade Butler and is therefore is making things as difficult as possible. Butler returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since requesting a trade nearly a month ago. He reportedly yelled at teammates, Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden while dominating a scrimmage.
Butler then indicated in a sit-down interview with ESPN that he still wants to be traded. “It’s not fixed,” he said in the interview.
The Heat have continued to press the Timberwolves to make a trade, ESPN has reported. The Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets are other teams with strong interest, according to reports, but so far no deal involving Butler appears to be on the way.