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Timberwolves almost dealt Jimmy Butler to Heat

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Noah Ferguson | 10 October, 2018, 22:56

User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Getting a second star is always easier when one star is already around, and Butler is a vocal personality who could help bring more talent to South Beach. The most prominent partner in these discussions is the Miami Heat. However, it appears like things are now at a standstill.

ESPN reported that the trade progressed to the point where the Wolves shared Butler's medical information with the Heat and the owners for each team were consulted until the Wolves made 11th hour demands and the talks broke down. Sometime between now and then, Minnesota raised their asking price, and Miami Heat was seemingly put off because they'd already consented to add the versatile two-way guard Josh Richardson as a sweetener in the deal.

The rumor mill this week has been in full effect over the trade status of Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 7, 2018Those talks can always start again, but Minnesota has little else, if anything, going in the marketplace. Any deal involving Dieng would nearly certainly require a three-team trade. The Clippers and Nets never found traction in conversations with Minnesota, and the Knicks never called, sources said. Like Miami, Houston doesn't have the salary-cap space to sign Butler in the summer and needs to acquire him now to obtain his Bird Rights to retain him on a new deal in July. After all, when the owner is demanding a trade, one usually gets done eventually.

While a Butler trade would seemingly weaken the Wolves case to return the postseason, a prolonged trade window would help the rest of the Western Conference.

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