Timberwolves asked Sixers for Simmons in potential Butler trade


Why are the Heat apparently reluctant to include Josh Richardson in any deal for Butler, and why would the Minnesota Timberwolves insist on Richardson coming their way?

Does that mean Butler will be headed to Miami after one season in Minnesota?

Butler wants to be traded immediately so the writing seems to be on the wall for a Celtics-Timberwolves deal. He was hired with a mandate to win, reached the playoffs for the franchise's first time in 13 years last season, and wants to continue on that path with his current core of players.

He is a player that is supremely talented on both ends of the floor, as he averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game a year ago. Then, ever since Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the speculation of where he might land has been nonstop. Because of the timing, it may put the Minnesota Timberwolves in an awkward place when it comes to finding a trade destination. They added Carmelo Anthony to an already loaded roster this offseason, and the addition of Butler would strengthen their position as favorites to dethrone the Warriors.

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Just like that, the Tom Thibodeau/Jimmy Butler marriage is over... and the Atlanta Hawks could reap the benefits if the cards fall their way.

But beyond the strained relationships with teammates and members of the front office, Butler has bigger reasons to want out of Minnesota - nearly 50 million reasons, actually.

A trade to Miami would reunite Butler with Dwyane Wade, with whom he was teammates and close friends with for one year in Chicago. If the Wolves could get Otto Porter, Jr. back in a deal with Washington, they should make sure to take a long, hard look at that possibility.

After Brett Brown's "star-hunting" comments made during the NBA Draft, the Sixers have been attached to every superstar looking for a change of scenery, making Butler-to-the-Sixers rumors a given since the news dropped. It's more of a [situation where] I've got to go see him kind of thing.