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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.
Adding to this, sources close to Jimmy Butler tell me that he’s extremely frustrated with the Wolves hesitation to get a deal done. (Steep price)The source reiterated that Butler would love to be in Miami, but at this point, he just wants this process to be done 1 way or another. https://t.co/IBjt3dwDWh
— Stefano Fusaro (@FusaroESPN) September 27, 2018
“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.
All the noise about Jimmy Butler yesterday was about Miami, but it’s clear Minnesota’s price tag remains extremely high. To highlight one rumored team, I’m told Philly is currently completely out of the JB situation and has never had any traction after preliminary discussions.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) September 27, 2018