Heat's Jimmy Butler Trade: What Would Deal Have Included?

Tom Thibodeau Timberwolves

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, as both parties neared agreeable terms this weekend, a potential deal fell through when the Timberwolves "moved to amend the framework".

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) for the basket in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Minnesota shared Butler's medical info with Miami, owners were involved and sides prepared to finalize.

However, after the Wolves pushed for more than what the Heat were willing to offer, the deal was taken off the table. Butler has reportedly expressed a desire to play for Miami, and the Heat are motivated to make a trade work.

Jimmy Butler was open to trading his 'Wolves kit for one of those snazzy Miami Vice singlets, and it nearly happened too.

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Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who has personnel input, reportedly had been attempting to broker Butler's return to the team. Thanks to Butler making his intentions to leave Minnesota known, the Wolves have lost some leverage - everybody knows they need to make a deal pretty soon.

Butler has one year left on his contract, but the belief is that he won't be signing long-term in Minnesota, and many reports have said that he's asked to be traded.

Butler made the All-Star team for his fourth-straight season past year.

Butler has also expressed interest in several teams with max salary-cap space, including the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. Sports reported that the Clippers and Wolves have discussed a deal, with Minnesota asking for forward Tobias Harris.

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