Jimmy Butler Trade With Miami Heat Involving Josh Richardson Falls Apart

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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports talks between the Timberwolves and the Miami Heat regarding the All-Star swingman had progressed, only for the swap to "fracture" Saturday.

The Miami Heat can talk a big game, but if the Heat want to do more than hope that Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo become superstars they probably need that Jimmy Butler trade to work out.

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.

It's unclear what Minnesota wanted in return for the 29-year-old Butler, but Miami felt the Timberwolves' asking price wasn't worth it for him.

Talks were reportedly so advanced that Jimmy Butler was already prepping for a medical examination as is the custom in the latter stages of National Basketball Association trade talks. The talks could re-start, but the breakdown means it will likely take more time for the Wolves to deal Butler and the ambiguity around his status could remain into the regular season.

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Thibodeau has said Butler's situation is "fluid" and has repeated many times over the last few weeks that he will make a deal as long as a good deal materializes.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million.

According to reports, the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings have also kicked the tires on a Butler deal.

Butler has been away from the team since being given permission to skip media day and has been rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand.

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