Could Houston Be The Big Wild Card In The Jimmy Butler Sweepstakes?

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

Butler shocked the National Basketball Association last week when he requested that the Timberwolves - who just a year earlier landed the superstar in a draft-night deal with the Chicago Bulls - trade him once again.

At any rate, we don't know a lot more than we did earlier in the week, except for that Miami and Houston appear to be the most aggressive teams at this stage.

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to seek a trade return for Jimmy Butler beyond what any team is willing to offer.

In less cynical terms, front offices believe that Minnesota minimally wants to fully recoup the assets that Thibodeau gave up in the 2017 trade with Chicago for Butler.

Rumors have been flying fast and furious all week, with the field of interested teams reaching almost half the league late last weekend.

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"He requested a trade and we're going to honor his request", Thibodeau said.

Butler was given permission to skip the team's media day on Monday. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Wolves asked for Ben Simmons in any potential Butler deal. He said he wishes Butler "nothing but the best".

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Butler prefers a trade to Miami, and while the Heat are interested in acquiring Butler, they have found trade talks hard. 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.

In 59 games for Minnesota last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals to help the team end a playoff drought that went back to 2004. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $18.7 million in 2018-19.

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