Heat-Timberwolves deal collapsed over weekend

Ross Houston
October 10, 2018

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves were on the verge of finalizing a deal to send disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Heat over the weekend.

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) for the basket in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center.

Butler has yet to report to the Timberwolves since his trade demand, but has been working out at the team's facilities, with the team listing him as rehabilitating from July wrist surgery.

Minnesota had shared Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week.

Despite Butler's standing as a bona fide top-20 player in the National Basketball Association, the market for him hasn't been as robust as Minnesota likely anticipated. Thanks to Butler making his intentions to leave Minnesota known, the Wolves have lost some leverage - everybody knows they need to make a deal pretty soon.

With the trade market stagnant for the 29-year-old, chances are Butler isn't going anywhere other than Miami.

The Timberwolves' asking price has been deemed too high thus far, with multiple players and picks being requested, sources said.

Miami's believed willingness to pay Butler something in the neighborhood of a five-year, $190 million maximum contract next summer has played a part in Butler's enthusiasm in pursuing a deal there, league sources said.

Butler has been linked with several teams.

In any deal with the Clippers, Minnesota would prefer to acquire forward Tobias Harris, sources said.

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