Timberwolves shooting for moon in Butler trade talks


According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are asking for proven veterans, future assets, cap space and prospects.

Trades don't usually happen overnight, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the T'wolves are still listed at +175, especially since head coach Tom Thibodeau says that he won't complete any trade he feels is bad for Minnesota. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report.

Reports have indicated that Miami has been aggressive in negotiations since Butler announced his desire to be traded, even as he left the Heat off his initial list. A host of teams are interested in trading for Butler, but Minnesota's demands for, well, just about everything under the sun reportedly have caused potential suitors to doubt the team is negotiating in good faith.

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Does that mean Butler will be headed to Miami after one season in Minnesota? The team reportedly recently expressed interest in point guard Tyus Jones, who comes off the bench in Minnesota. However, ESPN later reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly.

If the Heat are able to get this deal done, not only will Butler be walking into South Beach satisfied, he will be walking into a championship organization run by Pat Riley. Although Miami has stepped forward as the front runner for Butler, there was a time last week that the Clippers were seen as the favorite to land the All-Star.