Monday, 22 October, 2018

Timberwolves Asked For Ben Simmons In Jimmy Butler Trade

James Johnson and Dion Waiters Report: Suns could target point guard in potential 3-team deal involving Butler
Betsy Taylor | 28 September, 2018, 06:26

Butler can become a free agent in July, and teams recognize that he's already asked for a trade from Minnesota and a coach that he's enjoyed a long, prosperous and close relationship with - and Butler could be a risk to leave them in summer free agency.

First up, we wanted to look at a handful of trades that involve the Heat and Wolves handling their business without anyone else involved.

He had previously said that the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were at the top of his list.

So steep, in fact, that some teams are questioning whether head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau actually wants to work out a trade.

According to a new report from ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves haven't made much progress toward moving Butler, who reportedly informed the team of his desire to be traded to the Miami Heat on Wednesday.


In early negotiations with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota reportedly countered by asking for 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, sources told The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.

"Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances", ESPN reported.

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

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. Despite their mutual interest, the Heat have reportedly "found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate", according to Stein.

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