Are Heat Emerging As Front-Runner For Jimmy Butler Trade?

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However, later in the day, ESPN also reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have been "as aggressive as any team" as a suitor for Butler. "Even if he has to agree to dissolve the contract, they'd do that before they go and trade Butler for draft picks". If the reports of a trade request are accurate, then the meeting didn't have its desired effect, and it now seems that Butler will be playing elsewhere in the coming year.

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If General Manager Koby Altman and Gilbert can meet the Timberwolves' asking price, they will have the challenge of trying to convince Jimmy Butler to sign long term next off-season.

Along with the Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers are "highly interested" in Butler, a league source told Amico Hoops. The second vacancy could go to All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, who could be a free agent next summer after his trade from San Antonio to Toronto two months ago.

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Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015.

"On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves", Towns said in a statement, per his Instagram.

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In 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $18.7 million in 2018-19, according to Spotrac. Taken first overall in the 2015 NBA draft out of Kentucky, the 22-year-old has since won Rookie of the Year in 2016 and made the All-NBA third team last season.

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