The Minnesota Timberwolves are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the Jimmy Butler trade situation. After being informed by Butler that the star wing would like to be traded last week, the Timberwolves have been listening to trade offers. Reports have come out that they are asking for too much for teams to pull the trigger, but that may change in the future.
According to a report from Stefano Fusaro of ESPN, Butler has become increasingly frustrated with the entire process and would now accept a trade to any team. He simply wants the process to be done with.
Adding to this, sources close to Jimmy Butler tell me that he’s extremely frustrated with the Wolves hesitation to get a deal done. (Steep price)The source reiterated that Butler would love to be in Miami, but at this point, he just wants this process to be done 1 way or another. https://t.co/IBjt3dwDWh
— Stefano Fusaro (@S_Fusaro) September 27, 2018
Miami being Butler’s preferred destination is intriguing, to say the least. Pat Riley has been aggressively pursuing a trade for Butler, but the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement. Adding another star to the Heat roster is a priority for their front office.
Hassan Whiteside has been mentioned in trade rumors all offseason long. Miami could try to move him in the deal, although Minnesota may not have interest in him due to Karl-Anthony Towns being in town. That could potentially lead to a third team coming into the deal to help facilitate it.
Butler would also be teaming up with Dwyane Wade once again. They played together for the Chicago Bulls two years ago.
Wade is heading into his final NBA season and is hoping to create something special in Miami. Acquiring Butler would certainly help that goal.
Only time will tell what the Timberwolves will end up doing, but it sounds like Butler is pressuring them to get something done soon. The longer he is on the team, the more drama will surround the organization. It would not be shocking to see something get done soon.
Expect to continue hearing rumors about potential teams trying to get involved in trade talks for Butler. If Butler truly doesn’t care where he gets traded, more teams will believe they have a chance to sign him past this season.