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Timberwolves not interested in Rockets trade offer for Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have shown no indication of having interest in the renewed package by the Houston Rockets for star forward Jimmy Butler, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Houston offered four first-round picks (with limited protections) and the assumed salary of the recently-acquired Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight in return for Jimmy Butler, but the front office isn’t budging.

Knight and Chriss have yet to play this season and are largely viewed as dead weight for teams at the moment, at this point only serving the purpose of a salary-match for Butler’s $38.5 million remaining in his current deal.

The Rockets are not picking up in either of the Wolves prior conditions, which includes (active) young players and the willingness to absorb Gorgui Dieng’s three-year, $48 million contract.

Houston’s picks would also likely fall in the mid-20s as they are bound to finish one of the best teams in the league, holding little to no value for a team losing its main star player.

Timberwolves president Tom Thibodeau reportedly refused a deal by the Miami Heat, which included Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk and a protected first-round pick for Jimmy Butler, and this recently proposed deal by the Rockets does not come even close to matching the previously offered package by the Heat.

Thibodeau and company are hoping that the price for Jimmy Butler keeps shooting up as time elapses, making it their only source of solid leverage to garner a suitable return for his services.

Charania is expecting the Heat to rekindle conversations over the course of the season, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers, who have gotten off to a poor start.