Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

On Friday, Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler requested a trade out of Minnesota.

Per Wojnarowski, if the Heat ship All-Star guard Goran Dragic to the Timberwolves in a Butler deal, it could make Minnesota's Jeff Teague available for Phoenix in a multi-team trade. 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.

The New York Times' Marc Stein tweeted that South Beach is Butler's preferred destination. Miami, however, has found it hard to get Minnesota to "clearly communicate". In the eyes Spoelstra, the ability to acquire a star with the talent level of Butler immediately raises the team's chances to win.

According to a new report from ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves haven't made much progress toward moving Butler, who reportedly informed the team of his desire to be traded to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. However, ESPN later reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly.

The Heat enter '18-19 with a almost identical roster as last season, when they went 44-38 to secure the No. 6 seed.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. However, Butler can opt out after this season.

In 59 games for Minnesota last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals to help the team end a playoff drought that went back to 2004.

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