Jimmy Butler Rumored To Prefer Miami As Trade Destination

Jimmy Butler Rumored To Prefer Miami As Trade Destination

The early speculation with Jimmy Butler's trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves was whether the Miami Heat was on his wish list.

The Houston Rockets are reportedly making a push to add Jimmy Butler. Minny seeks quality vets/top prospects/future assets/cap relief.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau is probably Butler's biggest fan in the world and has coached him on two different teams.

So far, there has been no team close to willing to meet Thibodeau's massive return for a Butler deal.

On Tuesday, Thibodeau said Minnesota plans to "honor his request" and is now "seeing what is out there".

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If the Rockets were to land Butler, there would nearly certainly need to be a third team to absorb the salary of Gorgui Dieng. He was present only for medical evaluations. He said he wishes Butler "nothing but the best".

If Butler is now saying Miami is his preferred trade destination, it has to mean he has aspirations to be there in the long term. Wojnarowski has also mentioned the Phoenix Suns as a team that could force its way into discussions; they have reportedly had interest in Tyus Jones in the past, so they could be a team to watch. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Conner, Minnesota proposed a counter offer that included 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons after Philadelphia inquired about a Butler's availability.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game, while helping the team to their first playoff berth since 2003-04.

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.