The one rule is that every deal has to involve Butler ending up in Miami, but beyond that, we're free to tinker with these trades however we want.
While head coach Tom Thibodeau seems reluctant to make a deal, it's still possible that something could be done in the next few hours, so we have a few trade ideas in mind to make this 3-team deal go down smoothly.
In recent days, Sacramento has been aggressive in courting Minnesota and several of Butler's trade suitors - offering to use its space as a landing spot for bloated contracts. Taylor's reported intervention in trade talks has sent mixed messages about the Timberwolves' trade demands around the National Basketball Association.
The Jimmy Butler trade saga continues with whispers about the shooting guard potentially relocating to Miami.
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Thibodeau and Taylor are clearly not seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to the future of the franchise, which has now become a common trait for those assuming roles as a coach and front office executive, given all the control. Much like Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Taylor occasionally negotiates trades and talks to potential front-office hires without the rest of the organization's knowledge, sources said.
Thibodeau is 78-86 in two seasons with the Timberwolves.
Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game, while helping the team to their first playoff berth since 2003-04.