Cavs, Heat Both Deep In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Cavs, Heat Both Deep In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Cavs, Heat Both Deep In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Obviously other teams remain interested in Butler but, as of now, Miami and Cleveland are chasing the hardest.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Cavaliers have joined the trade discussions for Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who met with team management earlier this week and let it be known his desire to move on from the team that acquired him from the Chicago Bulls last summer.

The comments, made at the team's facility during media day, came a little less than a week after reports emerged that Butler had requested a trade - the first time Butler had approached his longtime coach with that request, according to Thibodeau. In fact, he is so ready for it to end that Taylor is willing to deal Butler himself if needed.

There were possible rumors that Butler would be traded by late-Sunday night, but alas that didn't happen and here we are waiting for the Wolves to make a decision. Their loose pieces in Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr. simply don't generate enough to warrant an equal trade, making this a likely impasse to get a deal done.

Thibodeau prefaced the remarks with the stance that the organization won't be forced into a panicked trade involving Butler.

That could potentially work as the Timberwolves are keen to add Gorgui Dieng to any trade that takes place. The Kings are without their first-round draft pick in 2019, and uniquely positioned to leverage that cap space into, at a minimum, a future first-round pick and maybe more as part of a Butler blockbuster.

If the Pistons are serious about competing in the NBA's Eastern Conference, a good place to start would be trading for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler.

Butler mentioned specific teams he'd like to be sent to, but Thibodeau said he was clear in telling his star player that he'd have to do what was best for the team, regardless of Butler's wishes.

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