The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes heat up with a new favorite

Report: Suns could target point guard in potential 3-team deal involving Butler

Teams pursuing Butler remain skeptical of Thibodeau's desire to execute a trade, believing that he's making counter proposals that Thibodeau knows teams will never accept.

Butler has yet to attend a Timberwolves workout and wants to sit out until the franchises executes a trade for him.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are working to fulfill Jimmy Butler's trade request, but questions are beginning to arise about whether their efforts will be enough to facilitate a deal.

Trade talks centered on Butler have reportedly stalled as the Timberwolves are seeking "quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief" in return for Butler, ESPN reported.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported on Thursday that the asking price the Timberwolves have placed on Butler is too steep for interested teams.




Earlier this week, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, told Wolves ownership that Miami is his preferred landing spot.

Does that mean Butler will be headed to Miami after one season in Minnesota? Others such as the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks have at least expressed an interest in Butler.

With the group the Celtics have clicking and looking like championship-contenders, there's no reason to trade for Butler right now.

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.

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