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The Miami Heat are willing to execute a number of trade scenarios to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, but the Milwaukee Bucks won’t part with Khris Middleton.
The Timberwolves are said to have discussed potential Butler trades with up to 25 teams, at least in some capacity. Butler’s camp has also spoken with opposing general managers.
Butler requested a trade nearly two weeks ago. His preferred destination is reportedly Miami.
“For now, my sources are telling me that Miami will do a bunch of different trades, but Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson are off limits,” Sheridan wrote. “Perhaps Hassan Whiteside’s 20 points and 13 rebounds last night against San Antonio will make him more palatable to someone. The Heat have been trying all offseason without success to move him.”
Sheridan went on to write that the Sacramento Kings have emerged as a potential “key player” as a third team to make a Butler deal work.
As Sheridan noted, the Kings have “nearly $12 million in cap room and $36 million in expiring contracts, including Zach Randolph ($11.7M), Iman Shumpert ($11M), Kosta Koufos ($8.8M) and Ben McLemore ($5.5M).”
The Bucks were one of the teams to gauge a trade with the Timberwolves, per Sheridan, rejecting a possible deal that would send Middleton to Minnesota.
“I also know that the Bucks are open to moving Malcolm Brogdon, and Eric Bledsoe and his expiring $15 million contract are enticing to many teams,” Sheridan wrote.
“But would the Bucks shake up their roster for a rental? Especially a 30-year-old rental who has had two knee surgeries, wants a max contract and has become an instant pariah?”