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Timberwolves sending scout to Heat-Hornets preseason game


The Miami Heat appear to be one of the favorites to land mercurial star Jimmy Butler. The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to unload the disgruntled star after he demanded a trade. But Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves want to receive the best return possible for Butler.

Consequently, the Timberwolves are sending a scout to watch the Heat take on the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday.

The Timberwolves are doing their due diligence, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Trading Butler is a monumental move for the franchise, and they should have all their bases covered before they agree to a deal with anyone. This includes the Heat. Potential targets Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson are out with injuries, though Miami reportedly has no interest in trading either player.

Earlier on Tuesday, Thibodeau referred to Butler’s predicament as a “fluid situation.” It’s unclear how Minnesota intends to proceed. The likelihood of a trade still feels overwhelming, but the Timberwolves don’t look eager to agree until they know they are getting the best possible return.

Butler is one of the top players in the league and trading him for a lackluster return would be a terrible look for Thibodeau. After all, this package will be compared to the package that was used to acquire Butler. Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and draft rights to Lauri Markkanen were sent from Chicago to Minnesota — along with Justin Patton.

Thibodeau’s reputation as an executive hangs in the balance. A poor return would reflect poorly on Thibs, which could wind up costing him his job. So until Thibodeau and company like an offer, they will continue to scout the field.