Heat Included Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters in Latest Jimmy Butler Deal

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2018

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports talks between the Timberwolves and the Miami Heat regarding the All-Star swingman had progressed, only for the swap to "fracture" Saturday.

The four-time All-Star and elite National Basketball Association defensive player has been linked to the Miami Heat for the last few weeks, but reports suggest that a deal that was in place fell apart.

Miami is probably going to be a playoff team this season, with or without swinging a trade for Butler.

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So far, Minnesota has allowed Butler to stay away in the preseason, presumably as the team works to find a trade for him. Minnesota hasn't been engaged in serious talks elsewhere on Butler, with teams' belief that a Miami deal was inevitable and the Timberwolves' steep asking price often remaining nonstarters, league sources said. "Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return..." Thanks to Butler making his intentions to leave Minnesota known, the Wolves have lost some leverage - everybody knows they need to make a deal pretty soon. It is important to note that Butler will be a free agent next year, making it more hard for Minny's trade partners to commit more valuable assets in exchange for the 29-year old star.

Richardson is entering the first season of a four-year, $42 million extension, less than Butler, 29, would make in the fifth and final year of the $190 free-agent contract he is seeking, one that would begin in 2019-20.

Despite this, Miami seems the most likely destination for Butler with the report stating other teams have been put off by the strong link.

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