Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Heat falls apart

Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Heat falls apart

Butler was almost traded to the Miami Heat this weekend before the Timberwolves pushed for a larger return, causing the deal to collapse, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jimmy Butler could have been out of Minnesota as early as this past weekend, but negotiations for a potential trade fell through.

Minnesota had shared Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week, sources said, a typical last step before finalizing a trade.

According to ESPN, owner Glen Taylor and his cohorts presented the Miami Heat with an amended version of a transaction they had previously agreed upon, ending the talks in the 11th hour of deliberation.

However, the Heat retracted their initial offer after Minnesota tried for a "sweeter return" for the 29-year-old.

"Minnesota has been engaged with no serious talks elsewhere on Butler, with teams believing that a Miami deal was inevitable and the Timberwolves steep asking price often remaining a non-starter in talks", Wojnarowski wrote, citing league sources. Will the president and head coach that brought Butler to Minnesota - Tom Thibodeau - be able to get a deal done?

Butler has one year left on his contract, but the belief is that he won't be signing long-term in Minnesota, and many reports have said that he's asked to be traded. The Heat stand among Butler's preference landing destinations.

Wojnarowski reports the two teams had been talking about swaps that included a third team to take on salary, along with a direct trade between them.

Houston has also been aggressive in trading for Butler, sources said. At first blush it might seem like the Heat could afford to hold off and not bite on Butler right now.

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