Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wolves-Heat Butler trade falls apart over weekend

Wolves-Heat Butler trade falls apart over weekend

The saga continues in the Heat's chase for All-Star Jimmy Butler. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Maybe Jimmy Butler isn't headed to South Beach. The Wolves have explored trading the 29-year-old shooting guard in recent weeks. Miami is probably going to be a playoff team this season, with or without swinging a trade for Butler.

He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year. However, it appears like things are now at a standstill. Minnesota, meanwhile, still hasn't moved him, and on Sunday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that their desire to get as much back as possible kept a trade from happening in recent days.

Talks had reportedly progressed to the point where medical information was being shared, and team owners were brought into the discussion.

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Other teams were hesitant to engage the Timberwolves in trade talks because there was an assumption Butler would wind up with Miami. Any deal involving Dieng would nearly certainly require a three-team trade.

In any deal with the Clippers, Minnesota would prefer to acquire forward Tobias Harris, sources said. After all, when the owner is demanding a trade, one usually gets done eventually.

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves tried to "amend the framework" of the trade Saturday by pushing for a "sweeter return" for Butler.

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