Jimmy Butler was in the building for the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice session today - and he reportedly "left teammates and coaches largely speechless" as he dominated the gym in every way. "It's just a matter or when".
With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.
The first reports of serious negotiations arose in the first week of October.
"[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. The Rockets also engaged in Butler trade talks, but have thus far been unwilling to trade forward P.J. Tucker.
"After talks fell apart over weekend, Miami's still pursuing discussions with Minnesota on a Jimmy Butler trade, sources tell ESPN". The Athletic made the outlook of a trade sound grim, however. The two teams had shared Butler's medical information but a deal didn't come together even with the urging of Taylor. Butler with Thibodeau met once again in hopes of being traded. According to Krawczyinski, Minnesota is "making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster".
Butler and his camp believe the Timberwolves' asking price for the 29-year-old star is too high, and that's why a deal hasn't been made yet.
Except for this trade, the Timberwolves responded with an amendment to the framework of the deal, according to Wojnarowski, which caused the trade talks to "fracture". Since then, he hadn't reported to Wolves practice or participated in preseason games until Wednesday.
Owner Glen Taylor has pushing president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden to find a deal sooner rather than later for Butler, league sources said.