Woj: Jimmy Butler trade talks 'collapsed’ between Timberwolves and Heat

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Miami have emerged as the strong favourites to take him in a trade and Wojnarowsi reports they have been locked in talks all week.

The talks quickly fell apart, meaning Minnesota still has Butler on the roster.

Jimmy Butler was open to trading his 'Wolves kit for one of those snazzy Miami Vice singlets, and it nearly happened too.

Butler was almost traded to the Miami Heat this weekend before the Timberwolves pushed for a larger return, causing the deal to collapse, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who has personnel input, reportedly had been attempting to broker Butler's return to the team.

Minnesota had pushed Miami to include the 25-year-old Richardson - widely considered a strong two-way player - in any proposed deal. The Timberwolves reportedly asked for more, and that's what caused the Heat to back out of the deal.

Richardson is entering the first season of a four-year, $42 million extension, less than Butler, 29, would make in the fifth and final year of the $190 free-agent contract he is seeking, one that would begin in 2019-20.

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Butler has been linked with several teams.

The Timberwolves are hoping to offload Gorgui Dieng in any trade and the $48million left on his current deal.

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

Houston has also been aggressive in trading for Butler, sources said.

At this point, it is still likely Butler gets dealt.

So far, Minnesota has allowed Butler to stay away in the preseason, presumably as the team works to find a trade for him.

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