Ever since Jimmy Butler requested a trade, the Timberwolves had reportedly been playing hardball with other teams regarding potential trade offers. Asking for a king's ransom for a player who didn't warrant one given the situation.
It wasn't until last week that Minnesota and Tom Thibodeau realized they had to do whatever they could to finally ship Butler out of town. This is when Thibodeau reportedly started to call back each of these teams and frantically lower the price tag.
He called New Orleans, Houston, and Maimi -- Pat Riley never returned his calls -- before accepting Philly's offer.
Per @TheAthletic Houston’s final trade offer for Jimmy Butler included Eric Gordon, Nene, and two first-round picks. New Orleans had offered Nikola Mirotic and a first-rounder. #NBA #Timberwolves #Rockets #Pelicans pic.twitter.com/Rj91rdBYf8— The CKW NETWORK (@THECKWNET) November 12, 2018
You have to wonder why Minnesota didn't accept the Rockets offer. Maybe it was the age of the players compared to Philly's offer, or the length of Gordon's contract? Although two first-round picks are something you would expect to alleviate those concerns, something they did not receive as a part of the Sixers offer.
New Orleans would have been an interesting landing spot for Butler. The Pelicans are looking for ways to bring in more talent, giving Anthony Davis a reason to stay put long-term in the big easy. They were not willing to give up Jrue Holiday, but you wonder if Julius Randle would have gotten it done instead.
It's always interesting to get insight into the possibilities that could have made a deal like this go down differently. Especially one so closely speculated and followed for so long as this deal was.
The one thing we can all agree on is it's good the whole Butler trade saga has now finally come to an end. So naturally, it's time for the Butler free agency speculation to take its place!
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