Timberwolves' Asking Price for Jimmy Butler Is Too High

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The Miami Heat's mission to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Jimmy Butler is only intensifying. According to Wojnarowski and Lowe, Minnesota is seeking "quality vets, top prospects, future assets and cap relief", which is making some skeptical of coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau's desire to complete a deal.

Earlier this week, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, told Wolves ownership that Miami is his preferred landing spot.

Sources: In addition to the Sacramento Kings getting involved in helping facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade, the Phoenix Suns are open to jumping in as well.

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Does that mean Butler will be headed to Miami after one season in Minnesota? In the eyes Spoelstra, the ability to acquire a star with the talent level of Butler immediately raises the team's chances to win.

The report notes the interest appears to be mutual as "the Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of the 20-plus teams to inquire thus far". The Los Angeles Clippers, among other teams, have seemingly stayed away from trading for the star due to Minnesota's extremely high asking price. However, ESPN later reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly. He was hired with a mandate to win, reached the playoffs for the franchise's first time in 13 years last season, and wants to continue on that path with his current core of players. According to ESPN, he wants a five-year and $190-million extension with a new team.

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