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Erik Spoelstra Pushing Miami Heat to Trade for Jimmy Butler

Erik Spoelstra Pushing Miami Heat to Trade for Jimmy Butler

As the sweepstakes for Jimmy Butler continues to heat up, acquiring the all-star shooting guard isn't just about this season for a team like the Miami Heat, who is apparently one of the teams engaged in discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Nevertheless, the meeting failed as Butler was "sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request" (Jon Krawczynski). Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has made it known he would prefer not to trade Butler, although it seems that's not a realistic option at this point.

The Timberwolves veteran recently shared how he was caught off-guard by Butler's demands, given how Gibson thought there was harmony in Minnesota's camp. Despite their mutual interest, the Heat have reportedly "found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate", according to Stein.

But with a trade for the right young players and/or draft picks, the Timberwolves can go back to rebuilding from the inside knowing that Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Tyus Jones have earned the wisdom and confidence only a winning season can supply.

Several teams are willing to make a trade for the four-time All-star.

After reportedly telling the Timberwolves that his preferred destinations, in order, were the Clippers, Knicks and Nets, Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, have informed the Wolves that he would like to be dealt to the Miami Heat.

Butler, 29, has averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a 33.9 three-point shooting percentage over his seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, the first six with the Chicago Bulls. They are likely going to wait for the best deal possible before they pull the trigger on a trade.

Though one of the most talented all-around players in the league, Butler is 29-years-old and his fit within locker rooms is starting to be questioned.

"If something is good for us, that's what we're going to do", Thibodeau said.

What may come as a slight surprise, however, is that they aren't the favorites.

"One thing about everybody who's here, from the coaching staff, players, everybody's familiar with each other, we've been through a lot together, so we've just got to keep trying". Many do understand why he's asking for a significant return on Butler instead of moving him out quickly in a deal.