Jimmy Butler wants to be traded to Heat, report says

Report: Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

Head coach Tom Thibodeau met with Butler in Minneapolis following Butler's physical on Monday, but overtures meant to coax Butler back to the team were rebuffed, according to multiple reports.

In recent days, the race to acquire Jimmy Butler has seemed to focus on one team: the Miami Heat.

Per Wojnarowski, if the Heat ship All-Star guard Goran Dragic to the Timberwolves in a Butler deal, it could make Minnesota's Jeff Teague available for Phoenix in a multi-team trade. The Rockets are among the host of teams pursuing Butler and they're willing to be "creative" in order to agree terms of a trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

On Tuesday, Thibodeau said Minnesota plans to "honor his request" and is now "seeing what is out there". He was present only for medical evaluations.

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Gibson went on to say that Butler's desire to jump ship may have been motivated by reasons other than his differences with his teammates, as it has been portrayed by the media. That came in a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times in which he cited National Basketball Association sources. Originally, it was reported that Butler preferred a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks - three teams that have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.

With there being no shortage of suitors for Butler's services and the price the Wolves paid for Butler, there's little doubt that they'll be looking to recoup much of what they lost for just one season with him on the team.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season, and he could take Miami from being a fringe playoff team to a contender. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $18.7 million in 2018-19.

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