Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cavs, Heat Both Deep In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Cavs, Heat Both Deep In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

With the clock ticking on Butler's tenure in Minnesota in the wake of ESPN's report of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor seeking a resolution amid this week's opening of National Basketball Association training camps, several analysts have an eye pointed south.

Everyone from the Miami Heat to Cleveland Cavaliers to Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets are supposedly interested.

The saga revolving around Butler and his future has developed rather quickly, with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor making it clear to his front office that he wants Butler to be dealt before the team begins training camp on Tuesday. Would Butler report? If he does, how would Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each react? Had the Butler trade request come earlier in the offseason, the Wolves would have been able to sift through offers without a severe timeline, but Thibodeau insists he didn't have advanced notice of Butler's intentions to seek a trade, which makes things hard.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to accelerate their rebuild following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in July, and they are working on a deal to add an all-star to the roster.

It looks like the Miami Heat are the team pursing Butler the most.

Butler averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games with Minnesota last season.

Rookie Collin Sexton, the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, could emerge as the next franchise point guard for the Wolves who have had notoriously bad luck with the position with players like Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn each failing to thrive in the role after being drafted by them.

Still, if draft picks are involved some package of the above players could move the needle for the Timberwolves if they are sure Butler won't sign an extension to remain.

The Sacramento Kings are also possibly another destination for Butler. However, the 2019-2020 season is a player option, and it is expected that Butler would opt out of his contract to pursue another max deal.

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