Report: Heat’s Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo are off limits in potential trade for Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler
While the Miami Heat have reportedly been aggressive suitors for Jimmy Butler, the organization’s unwillingness to include Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson could complicate things. Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports writes:
For now, my sources are telling me that Miami will do a bunch of different trades, but Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson are off limits. Perhaps Hassan Whiteside’s 20 points and 13 rebounds last night against San Antonio will make him more palatable to someone. The Heat have been trying all offseason without success to move him.
Adebayo and Richardson are promising young players, and if Miami is unwilling to include them in a deal, does a trade make sense for Minnesota? Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves believe that they can contend in the Western Conference without Butler, but in order to do that, they’ll need to get back players who can contribute right now. Future picks and assets won’t help the Timberwolves win now.
Additionally, the Heat look like they are stuck with Hassan Whiteside for the foreseeable future. His massive contract combined with his inconsistent play has turned Whiteside into a difficult player to move.
Until something happens, expect the unexpected with Butler. Initially, it looked like the Nets, Knicks, and Clippers had the best shot at landing the disgruntled star. But later, Miami made a hard charge, and the Rockets and Daryl Morey are lurking.
Miami remains a logical landing spot for Butler, but without an asset like Richardson or Adebayo, it’s hard to see a deal getting done.