While the NBA offseason has been rather quiet lately, the rift between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves could result in a blockbuster trade before the season begins.
Yesterday, the Timberwolves gave Karl-Anthony Towns a massive five-year extension, worth $190 million. Now, Minnesota’s management will shift their focus toward Butler, who could be dealt soon.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat are a legitimate contender in the trade sweepstakes for Butler.
“So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said,” he tweeted.
So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2018
For the Heat, reuniting Butler with Wade could help them return to the postseason. As for the Timberwolves, it’s clear that Butler’s time with the team is coming to an end.
ESPN reported earlier in the week that Minnesota’s ownership wants a trade to get done:
Butler has likely worn the Timberwolves uniform for the final time, because Taylor has no interest in bringing Butler into the team’s training camp and threatening a bigger circus than already exists within the franchise.
Thibodeau has been willing to coach the Timberwolves through the dysfunction that has surrounded his star players, but Taylor has sided with Butler and agreed that the Wolves should part ways with the four-time All-Star, sources said.
Sure, Butler didn’t have Miami on his list of possible destinations, but taking his talents to South Beach would provide him a chance to be the lone superstar on their roster.
With the T-Wolves trying to move Butler early this week, stay tuned for more updates on the superstar swingman.