Wolves focused on Heat in Butler talks, but still stalling

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is expected to be on the move this season, but not even the team's owner is sure when.

When it comes to trading star swingman Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves are zeroed in on the Miami Heat. Now, the Heat are just waiting for the Timberwolves to accept an offer.

According to ESPN, the Timberwolves aren’t really talking to teams other than the Heat. At least, not to the same extent.

This isn’t necessarily a huge surprise — as it’s been reported for at least a week that the Heat are on the Wolves’ radar. And Butler reportedly informed Minnesota that Miami is where he wants to be. Now, it seems both teams are more determined than ever to finalize a deal.

So what’s the holdup?

It’s hard to say, other than perhaps the strange way this situation has been handled by the Minnesota contingent of team owner Glen Taylor, general manager Scott Layden and head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau — or whoever it is that’s actually in charge of making trades there.

Thibodeau is still holding out hope that Butler returns, or according to ESPN, “determined to get Butler back with the team for the start of the season.”

One opposing GM told Amico Hoops of Thibodeau and the Timberwolves’ situation: “This is why coaches should either stick to coaching or become a GM full-time. It almost never works when a guy tries to do both. Too many emotions.”

Meanwhile, Taylor is said to be considerably more gung-ho on granting Butler his wish. The Timberwolves’ owner has been heavily involved in making and taking trade calls, apparently much to the irritation of Thibodeau and Layden. But no businessman wants to play an employee who doesn’t want to be there.

Either way, the Heat want an answer on their latest proposal “today,” ESPN reported.

Regardless, it seems the Timberwolves are content to just hang in there, waiting to see if anyone (including the Heat) will give them a better offer.

That basically leaves this basketball saga in the same spot as it was when it started. No deal is imminent, according to ESPN, meaning the Heat, the Timberwolves, Butler and the rest of the NBA will again have to wait at least one more day.

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