Wolves' asking price high for Butler

Jimmy Butler would fit best as rental for team trying to win this year

Jimmy Butler would fit best as rental for team trying to win this year

Thibodeau said Monday the Timberwolves will not make a "bad deal", but ESPN reported last week Taylor had intervened and is directing all National Basketball Association teams to reach out directly to ownership if interested in Butler.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are asking for proven veterans, future assets, cap space and prospects.

It's a huge reason for Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau's love for him.

Now there is a report that the Heat is at the top of Butler's list, amid his standoff with the 'Wolves that has him away from the start of training camp.

"He requested a trade and we're going to honor his request", Thibodeau said.

Butler is reportedly not interested in rejoining the team.

Why are the Heat apparently reluctant to include Josh Richardson in any deal for Butler, and why would the Minnesota Timberwolves insist on Richardson coming their way?

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season, and he could take Miami from being a fringe playoff team to a contender.

Although, it's not clear if that would be enough to cause the Wolves to pull the trigger on a deal. Will the Minnesota Timberwolves trade him to the Rockets?

"One thing about everybody who's here, from the coaching staff, players, everybody's familiar with each other, we've been through a lot together, so we've just got to keep trying".

But beyond the strained relationships with teammates and members of the front office, Butler has bigger reasons to want out of Minnesota - nearly 50 million reasons, actually.

That's the only way Thibodeau could sleep at night after letting Butler walk out the door. He spent the first six seasons of his career in Chicago before he was dealt to the Timberwolves in June 2017.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest. Why not play out one more year with the Timberwolves, decline the 2019-20 player option and hit the open market in the offseason?

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