Cavs pursuing star forward Jimmy Butler in trade talks

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2018

"The Heat has told teams this offseason that Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are available, according to two opposing front office executives who have spoken to the Heat. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said", he tweeted.

We are probably closer to the beginning that the end of the situation involving Butler and what appears to be an inevitable trade, however, with Taylor's requirement that Butler be dealt before camp begins on Tuesday, it stands to reason that things will heat up on Sunday and Monday.

But Wojnarowski claims of the interested parties, the Miami Heat have perhaps been the most aggressive in their pursuit of the former Chicago Bulls man. The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons are among the others who have expressed interest.

Still, if draft picks are involved some package of the above players could move the needle for the Timberwolves if they are sure Butler won't sign an extension to remain.

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Thibodeau addressed the speculation around Jimmy Butler, saying that the team was fortunate to acquire him when they did, and that they'll always be looking to put the team first and make the team better over anything. He will become a free agent in 2019 should he not sign an extension.

Their loose pieces in Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr. simply don't generate enough to warrant an equal trade, making this a likely impasse to get a deal done. Despite multiple conflicting reports concerning the Minnesota Timberwolves' intentions, the momentum is leaning heavily towards trading the 29-year-old four-time All-Star.

Butler was excused from taking part in media day, but Thibodeau said the All-Star had undergone a physical exam and would not be on the court for the first week of camp because he was continuing to rehab.

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