Are Heat Emerging As Front-Runner For Jimmy Butler Trade?

The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes escalate with quick deadline

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The Heat was aggressively pursuing a a trade for disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler on Sunday, targeting a player who has always been a favorite of the organization, according to several league sources.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have been "as aggressive as any team" as a suitor for Butler.

Cleveland has the interest, but just not the potential to sweeten the pot for Minnesota, given the total of 12 teams that have inquired about Butler.

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If Butler remains in Minnesota, it could present an extremely awkward situation given that his relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins is reportedly fractured at this point.

Thibodeau, the Wolves' president of basketball operations and head coach, talked publicly for the first time about Butler's trade demand during the Wolves' media day on Monday.

With the Spurs and Lakers makng the biggest splashes this offseason with getting DeMar DeRozan and LeBron James, they should be the most realistic teams to acquire Butler out of the five in this post that will actually re-sign him next offseason.

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It's even been rumored that Taylor wants Butler gone by Tuesday, no matter what the deal on Thibs and Layden's table is. Not too long ago, multiple All-Star Jimmy Butler requested a trade which would have him playing for another team this year.

Miami was unable to attract any marquee free agents this summer and did very little business outside of re-signing veteran duo Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

Their loose pieces in Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr. simply don't generate enough to warrant an equal trade, making this a likely impasse to get a deal done. He averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games during his first season with the Timberwolves.

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