Report: Heat still pursuing Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler despite joining teammates before practice
Despite the recent stall in trade conversations after a recent failed trade proposal for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat are still in full pursuit of discussions for the four-time All-Star wing, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Butler recently rejoined his teammates in the locker room, but there is still no guarantee that he will join them on the court, as he recently re-re-re-expressed his desire to be traded after yet another meeting with president/head coach Tom Thibodeau.
There have been rumblings that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor turned down an offer including Josh Richardson and a protected first-round pick, though that has been disputed. Either way, the Heat seem to be frustrated with how this entire situation has played out.
The Wolves are reportedly ready to keep Butler into the regular season, hoping his All-Star-caliber play drives the price up for his services, making the trade deadline the team’s only friend and hoping a suitor gets desperate enough to offer more for the elite two-way player.
Most teams around the league have become utterly frustrated with the Timberwolves’ hard-ball approach to this trade, but the Heat remain committed to making a deal happen, having come from being an outside suitor to the hardest-charging franchise interested in acquiring Butler.