Jimmy Butler is still on the Minnesota Timberwolves despite the fact that he’d really like to spend the 2018-19 NBA season elsewhere. Butler reportedly submitted a trade request last month, but since then, the Timberwolves just haven’t moved their All-NBA guard. The reasons why range from “their asking price is insanely high,” to “Tom Thibodeau wants to convince him to stick around,” to “the front office and ownership aren’t quite on the same page.”
Amid all of this, one team has stuck out as the most likely trade partner for Butler: the Miami Heat. Butler has reportedly expressed a desire to play for Miami, and the Heat are motivated to make a trade work. 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.
Wojnarowski also reported that the Timberwolves are kind of relying on the Heat to be a trade partner right now, because the rest of the market for Butler has dried up.
To the surprise of no one, Butler is reportedly not happy with how the process is playing out, per Stefano Fusaro of ESPN.
It’s kind of baffling that Butler is still in Minnesota, especially as the start of the regular season is only 10 days away. Perhaps Wolves owner Glen Taylor’s mandate to get a deal done, along with the fact that talks progressed to the extent they did before falling apart, could mean things happen quickly if the teams get back in touch. Until then, the uncertainty regarding Butler’s future will continue.