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Jimmy Butler still remains a member of the Timberwolves, but maybe not for long. Despite Butler requesting a trade last week, with his prefered destinations reported to be the Clippers, Knicks or Nets, the Wolves haven't worked out a deal yet.
Although Butler has preferred destinations, the Wolves have no advantage or loyalty to appease his wishes. Sure it would be nice if that could work out, but they don't owe him anything.
It seems as though Butler now has a new preferred destination, a team that has reportedly been very interested and aggressive in trying to acquire Butler over the past few days, the Miami Heat.
The Heat are an interesting team for Butler to want to go to. They're not a title contender by any measure, but also definitely a playoff team in this Eastern Conference. They're stuck in the middle with a few bad contracts and not too many worthwhile assets.
Pat Riley, the team's famed GM, always seems to have some tricks up his sleeve. Despite the feeling that he's "lost his fastball" over the past few years, you can never count him out.
If the Heat were to pull off a trade with the Timberwolves for Butler it would likely include Justice Winslow and the 2019 first round pick and that's just the starting point. Miami would also likely need to deal more to match Butler's salary since Winslow is still on his rookie deal.
It's doubtful Minnesota would want Hassan Whiteside to play alongside KAT. They signed Jeff Teague so Dragic doesn't necessarily make sense and a swap of those players doesn't solve the salary cap issue with the trade.
Maybe Miami brings in a third team to help facilitate or maybe the Wolves value parts of Miami's roster that defy conventional wisdom. It's not like we haven't seen that from Thibs before.
Wherever Butler ends up, it feels like a trade is coming soon.
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