Heat interested in restarting Butler trade talks

Report: Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor rejected Heat’s Jimmy Butler trade offer that included Josh Richardson, protected 1st-round pick

Report: Heat interested in restarting Butler trade talks

Butler, an upcoming free agent in 2019, returned to the Timberwolves for practice Wednesday even though he's continued pushing the franchise to trade him elsewhere.

His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. The Rockets and Suns were ready to dip their toe into the Butler market. He reportedly met with Butler and attempted to convince him to stay with the Timberwolves, but Butler wouldn't budge and reiterated his desire to be dealt by the season opener.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday. Tucker and were shot down fast (Houston does not want to put Tucker in a trade). The Athletic made the outlook of a trade sound grim, however.

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Butler's friend and current Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and it took the Cavs six weeks to pull off a deal. Butler with Thibodeau met once again in hopes of being traded. According to Krawczyinski, Minnesota is "making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster".

Butler was vociferous and intense throughout scrimmage sessions, targeting president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and teammates, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, league sources said. Per ESPN, the All-Star swingman practiced Wednesday for the first time since his trade request and it was ... interesting.

"You f-ing need me".

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