Jimmy Butler Rumored To Prefer Miami As Trade Destination

Do you remember when Danny Ainge said the Timberwolves gave up too much for Jimmy 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.

Especially considering his injury trouble and the fact that he's spent a lot of time playing for Tom Thibodeau, who is notoriously tough on his players, there's very real reason to be hesitant to be the team that pays Butler.

The Rockets are making a "strong push" to acquire the the Minnesota Timberwolves swingman in a trade, Mark Berman of Houston television station KRIV reported Friday via Twitter, citing sources.

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

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are asking for proven veterans, future assets, cap space and prospects.

"Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we'll honor that", Thibodeau told CBS Sports.

Butler was given permission to skip the team's media day on Monday. He said he wishes Butler "nothing but the best".

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.

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

Butler, 29, has averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a 33.9 three-point shooting percentage over his seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, the first six with the Chicago Bulls. Butler has yet to attend a Timberwolves workout and wants to sit out until the franchise executes a trade for him.

In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million.

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