Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

Jimmy Butler would fit best as rental for team trying to win this year

The Sixers have been linked to Butler mostly in passing, as a team that was checking in on his availability, but hadn't really gotten more serious than that.

As we continue to go round and round while awaiting the final word on a Jimmy Butler trade out of Minnesota, one team is putting on the full-court press.

After Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson originally reported the Rockets were preparing to make an offer for Butler centered around Eric Gordon and fillers, he expanded on that Thursday.

Minnesota is reportedly in search of "quality" veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief in any swap, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Then, the day after, Thibs said he would trade Butler.




Reports have indicated that Miami has been aggressive in negotiations since Butler announced his desire to be traded, even as he left the Heat off his initial list. He was present only for medical evaluations.

If the Heat are able to get this deal done, not only will Butler be walking into South Beach satisfied, he will be walking into a championship organization run by Pat Riley. It was never a secret that Butler grew unhappy with the Wolves, and rumors of his imminent exit began circling months before his actual trade request.

From everything we've heard - from all the great reporters and insiders out there - I think it's safe to say that we shouldn't expect a Jimmy Butler trade anytime soon.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season, and he could take Miami from being a fringe playoff team to a contender.

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