Heat interested in restarting Butler trade talks

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Minnesota was reportedly willing to trade Butler to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, but the Rockets were unwilling to part with PJ Tucker.

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor declined to accept a trade offer from the Miami Heat for small forward Jimmy Butler that was centered on guard Josh Richardson and a protected first-round pick, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. "Yet Taylor balked. Numerous teams have complained in recent days that [Tom] Thibodeau and [Scott] Layden are acting like two men who really don't want to make a deal". At times, Butler has been working out away from the team at the facility since his trade request three weeks ago.He was with his teammates in the locker room at the team's practice facility Wednesday morning, league sources said.

As stated before, not only would fans be mad, but there are certain players on the Wolves that would potentially riot over Butler coming back to the forefront of the Wolves' starting lineup.

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The Miami Heat and the Timberwolves were rumored to be interested in a deal involving Butler.

In what may be a good sign for the Wolves, though, Wojnarowski reported via Twitter that Butler practiced with the team today.

Butler participated in drills and scrimmaged with Timberwolves, sources said. He averaged 12.9 points in 81 starts last season. Minnesota moved to amend the framework of the trade and talks collapsed on Saturday, league sources said. Butler verbally attacked Thibodeau and generally manager Scott Layden per Wojnarowski, reportedly telling Layden during a scrimmage, "You f--ing need me". ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class.

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