Players That Could Be in Play for Jimmy Butler Trade

Lynette Rowe
September 25, 2018

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Cavaliers have joined the trade discussions for Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who met with team management earlier this week and let it be known his desire to move on from the team that acquired him from the Chicago Bulls last summer. The Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat are among the teams with reported interest.

However, owner Glen Taylor said in a meeting with other front office executives recently in NY that Jimmy Butler is on the trade block, and not only that, Taylor is demanding that Thibodeau and Layden get to work finding a trade partner as soon as possible.

While Thibodeau said the team is working quickly and diligently to fulfill Butler's trade request, "our job is to seek out the best opportunity for us".

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This isn't the first time the Cavaliers have inquired about Jimmy Butler. Head coach Erik Spoelstra covets versatile, two-way players, and Miami may offer Butler a welcome change in scenery from frigid Minnesota.

But Towns merely chalked that up to "very awkward", coincidental timing, saying that Butler's decision - or the choice to trade him - had nothing to do with Towns signing his extension. "Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said", he tweeted. After LeBron James' departure there's obviously a glaring need at the small forward position, and Butler would be a big time addition for any franchise, especially one that could use another star player alongside Kevin Love.

The Heat's media day is Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, to be followed by Tuesday's start of training camp at Florida Atlantic University at AmericanAirlines Arena. Glen, Scott, myself, I think we've made that clear to everyone.

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