Jimmy Butler Rumored To Prefer Miami As Trade Destination

Arnold Nichols
September 28, 2018

Jimmy Butler isn't the only person questioning the Minnesota Timberwolves' motives.

During an appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 The Sports Hub earlier Friday, Ainge challenged the notion that Minnesota didn't give up much and suggested the package was even better than what he believed the Timberwolves offered a year ago in trade discussions with the Bulls.

The Suns traded Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in late August, leaving them with no starting-caliber point guard on the roster.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are working to fulfill Jimmy Butler's trade request, but questions are beginning to arise about whether their efforts will be enough to facilitate a deal. Keep in mind, this is all for a disgruntled player with only one year left on his contract. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.

This puts the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets in an undesirable situation.

The whack-a-mole nature of the Butler trade rumors suggest Minnesota has set a moving target in trade talks, holding up a potential trade for a player who wants to leave immediately. Many do understand why he's asking for a significant return on Butler instead of moving him out quickly in a deal.

It's important to note that the Kings have been looking for a forward all summer long and the Timberwolves have Andrew Wiggins as well as the Heat having Justice Winslow, so this deal could easily be a blockbuster one at the end of the day. So steep, in fact, that some teams are questioning whether head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau actually wants to work out a trade.

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