The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat advanced to the brink of a blockbuster trade for All-Star forward Jimmy Butler over the weekend - only for the deal to fracture before completion, league sources told ESPN.
Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Butler has yet to report to the Timberwolves since his trade demand, but has been working out at the team's facilities, with the team listing him as rehabilitating from July wrist surgery.
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The presumed likelihood that Minnesota would come to an agreement with the Heat has caused other potential suitors to back off, Wojnaroski reports.
Every trade in every sports league is influenced heavily by leverage, and the current Jimmy Butler trade talks going on in the National Basketball Association right now are no exception. Considering he's been blatant about his distaste for the Wolves, Butler isn't going to re-sign with Minnesota next offseason when he becomes a free agent. Both Minnesota and Miami remain hopeful that a deal involving possibly a third party will alternately help them offload their surplus contracts. Though coach Tom Thibodeau has reportedly been skeptical of dealing Butler, and made an effort to talk him into re-joining the team, it appears the situation is irreparable. "Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return..." Sources say owner Glen Taylor's mandate stands to his front office: Find a deal for Butler.