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Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

Jimmy Butler is already changing his mind about trade destinations

At any rate, we don't know a lot more than we did earlier in the week, except for that Miami and Houston appear to be the most aggressive teams at this stage. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Wolves asked for Ben Simmons in any potential Butler deal.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau met with Butler in Minneapolis following Butler's physical on Monday, but overtures meant to coax Butler back to the team were rebuffed, according to multiple reports.

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "uninterested" in practicing or playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor to trade him sooner than later because he intends to walk as a free agent next summer anyway.

Such an offer from Houston would not fit the bill that ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has offered as what the Timberwolves will be looking for in return: "quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief", according to Woj.

Sources are skeptical of Tom Thibodeau's desire to make a deal.

"He requested a trade and we're going to honor his request", Thibodeau said. The four-time All Star has indicated to the Minnesota Timberwolves that Miami is his preferred trade destination. Thibodeau said Butler would be away from the team for at least a week because he's still rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand.

Several other teams are rumoured to be interested in Butler as well, but now another team is reportedly interested that could become the new frontrunner.

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. He also has played more than 67 games in a season just once since 2014 and is about to command a max contract.


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