Despite not being one of Jimmy Butler's original preferred trade team partners, the Miami Heat are now reportedly the All-Star's top choice on where to be dealt. This, obviously, led to basketball fans wondering exactly what Pat Riley would need to do to pull this trade off and get a star to come down to South Beach.
The Suns traded Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in late August, leaving them with no starting-caliber point guard on the roster. We chose to consult the all-knowing Trade Machine to try and figure things out.
Thibodeau recently indicated the Timberwolves do indeed intend to trade Butler, "but we're not going to do a bad deal". The Clippers, Knicks, Nets, Cavaliers and Kings have also been reported to be interested in Butler.
In early negotiations with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota reportedly countered by asking for 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, sources told The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor. Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances, sources said.
Butler, meanwhile, took a physical with the Wolves on Monday before Thibodeau declared that the player is still doing rehab work after having minor surgery on his hand during the offseason.
Essentially, the Timberwolves want back what they gave up for Jimmy Butler two summers ago, and it looks like that may just be impossible. In the eyes Spoelstra, the ability to acquire a star with the talent level of Butler immediately raises the team's chances to win.