Heat and Jimmy Butler have understanding that team will be aggressive in adding another established star
Butler, a four-time All-Star, signed a four-year, $140.79 million contract with the Heat in July as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. The swingman played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sixers last season.
The Heat pitched Butler on becoming the first established star to join the current roster, with the understanding the organization would be aggressive in trying to add another, according to a league source.
The Heat are enamored with Washington Wizards All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. Miami has been trying to acquire Beal this summer, but the Wizards thus far have shown no interest in trading the sharpshooter.
Jimmy Butler averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists with the Timberwolves and Sixers in 2018-19 while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The 29-year-old was reportedly blown away by all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Dwyane Wade’s last home game with the Heat last season and told friends after the game being able to see what Miami and the Heat organization are about left an enormous impact on him.