Timberwolves shooting for moon in Butler trade talks

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler requested a trade more than a month ago but the team has been unable to work out a deal.

Opposing teams still aren’t convinced that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau is willing to trade All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to a report from ESPN.

Per the report, Thibodeau “has continued to try to recruit Butler to ease off his trade demand and return to practice with the team.”

Trade talks centered on Butler have reportedly stalled as the Timberwolves are seeking “quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief” in return for Butler, ESPN reported.

Thibodeau recently indicated the Timberwolves do indeed intend to trade Butler, “but we’re not going to do a bad deal.”

According to an array of reports over the last week, the Timberwolves have talked trade with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. Others such as the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks have at least expressed an interest in Butler.

“Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances,” ESPN reported.

AmicoHoops sources confirmed the reported talks between the Timberwolves and Cavs.

“So far, there’s been no team close to willing to meet Thibodeau’s massive return for a Butler deal,” ESPN reported. “Butler can become a free agent in July, and teams recognize that he’s already asked for a trade from Minnesota and a coach he has enjoyed a long, prosperous and close relationship with — and Butler could be a risk to leave them in summer free agency.”

Butler, 29, turned down a contract extension from the Timberwolves over the summer. According to ESPN, he wants a five-year and $190-million extension with a new team.

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