Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Minnesota Timberwolves: So … it’s the Heat? Or the Rockets? Or…

Minnesota Timberwolves: So … it’s the Heat? Or the Rockets? Or…

The Sixers have been linked to Butler mostly in passing, as a team that was checking in on his availability, but hadn't really gotten more serious than that.

From the sound of everything that we've heard in the last few days, the three teams that I'd have to say are "in" on the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes are the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets.

The Timberwolves veteran recently shared how he was caught off-guard by Butler's demands, given how Gibson thought there was harmony in Minnesota's camp. Taylor has informed teams that the four-time All-Star is on the trading block, but the asking price remains "too steep", according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Then, the day after, Thibs said he would trade Butler. Reluctant to trade Butler, but even more reluctant to coach a rebuilding team after he's gone, team president/coach Tom Thibodeau told CBS Sports' Reid Forgrave in an on-camera interview that he wasn't going to do anything to hurt the Wolves. The Wolves are not obligated to trade Butler to a team of his choosing but since he's entering the final year of his contract, any potential trade partner would likely need assurance that he's willing to resign a long-term extension.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Butler prefers a trade to Miami, and while the Heat are interested in acquiring Butler, they have found trade talks hard. He said he wishes Butler "nothing but the best".

The Philadelphia 76ers lost interest when the Timberwolves asked about 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, The Ringer reported Thursday.

Nevertheless, teams remain interested in acquiring Butler, who averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Timberwolves last season.

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