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Heat interested in restarting Jimmy Butler trade talks

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Cassandra Castillo | 10 October, 2018, 21:52

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

Stefano Fusaro is a reporter for ESPN (The Undefeated) and specifically tends to cover the Houston Rockets.

The Minnesota Timberwolves reached out to the Houston Rockets about a possible Jimmy Butler trade on Tuesday after talks with the Miami Heat fell apart.

"[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. "Yet Taylor balked. Numerous teams have complained in recent days that [Tom] Thibodeau and [Scott] Layden are acting like two men who really don't want to make a deal".

There has been hope among the Minnesota front office, coaching staff and some teammates that Butler would rejoin the team, but it remained to be seen what, if anything, Butler would do on the court with the Wolves on Wednesday. That can all change with one phone call, but the Timberwolves are moving forward as if there will be no deal before the start of the season.

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Outwitting Riley seems improbable, but I'm willing to bet everyone will be shocked once a deal happens, no matter the team or teams it happens with. It has always been clear that while Butler wants to be traded, he won't sit out regular season games, which would require him to forfeit those checks.

Perhaps Minnesota hasn't been able to find a partner because the asking price is too high. Richardson, 25, is considered a strong, young two-way player.

With Morey, he's playing with great role players that are nice veterans, the Timberwolves should have all the leverage in the world with having Jimmy Butler as an asset - he's a top 15 player in the league.

All deals were made were through ESPN trade machine and are legal.

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