Heat interested in restarting Butler trade talks

Heat interested in restarting Butler trade talks

Barring a change in the dwindling trade market between now and the season opener in San Antonio on October 17, the Timberwolves are making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster, league sources said...

Butler met with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and requested to be traded from the organization before he begins his final season under contract in Minnesota.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler reported to practice on Wednesday and challenged everyone - the front office, the coaches, the players.

As the GM watched on the sidelines during a scrimmage, sources said that Butler yelled to Layden: "You f--ing need me, Scott". Butler is a star, but losing Gordon and Tucker would be a pretty large blow to the Rockets' depth. "He dominated the gym in every way".

Butler had previously been excused from training camp and preseason games as the team dealt with his trade request. Yes, Butler will return, but there will be plenty of drama.

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With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.

"[Taylor] could have escaped his Butler nightmare by accepting a package from Miami that would have been headlined by the promising Heat swingman Josh Richardson and a protected first-round pick", Stein wrote in his latest mailbag column. These probably aren't the actions teams that have interest in him, either via trade or when he's a free agent next summer, want to see. Butler is said to prefer the Heat over all other potential destinations.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets also haven't given up on the idea of landing Butler in a trade, according to multiple sources and reports.

The NBA world was all there for the news and wanted more details.

Butler doesn't seem content burning bridges with the organization.

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