Jimmy Butler was nearly traded to Miami

by Josiah Williams
by Josiah Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing hard to get when it comes to Jimmy Butler. They have had the most trade talks with the Miami Heat. They came close to a deal but failed once again. Will both teams ever come to an agreement?

During a radio show, ESPN’s Jorge Sedano reported that the Timberwolves and the Heat had a framework in place to send Butler to Miami. What changed? Tom Thibodeau threw another wrench into the deal.

Initially, Miami was going to send Josh Richardson, another player, and a protected 1st round pick. That wasn’t good enough for Thibodeau. According to Jorge’s transcript, teams were exchanging medical information which usually means a deal is near completion.

Thibodeau called Pat Riley back and said he wanted more draft picks. Riley cursed and hung up the phone. He also responded and denies ever cursing at Thibodeau. “Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in my negotiations.”

Miami began their trade talks for Butler once they discovered he had interest in joining the team. Butler has main headlines this summer by demanding a trade following a meeting with Coach Thibodeau. Butler also expressed interest in the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

A few days ago, Jimmy made his point not only to the team but to the organization how he truly felt. Per a league source, Butler challenged the first, second, and third stringers and dominated them during scrimmages. He even yelled at GM Scott Layden. “You need me. You can’t win without me.”

Immediately after practice, he made had a meeting with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “A lot of it was true. All my emotions came out at one time. Was it the right way? No. But I can’t control that while I’m out there competing.”

There were mixed reactions to practice. The veterans were energized by it but the younger players were in complete shock. Stephen A. Smith gave his thoughts on how Jimmy’s actions impacted his trade value.

Despite the emotional practice, Miami was still interested in Butler’s services. They tried one more time to see if they could get a deal done. Unfortunately, it sounds like that’s not possible. According to a source close to the situation, the Heat are not trying to re-engage with the Timberwolves about a trade.

The Timberwolves want to trade Butler but Thibodeau is holding out hope that he stays. Getting the best deal possible is the smart approach. However, if they continue to turn down offers, they run the risk of Butler walking away from the team without getting anything in return.