There were reports on Thursday morning claiming Timberwolves are seeking a mouth-watering package for the sale of both prospects and veterans for Butler, who wants to be traded to the Miami Heat.
ESPN correspondent, Adrian Wojnarowski, tweeted on Thursday saying:
“Minnesota’s asking price for Jimmy Butler remains too steep for teams. Minny seeks quality vets/top prospects/future assets/cap relief. Too high a price for interested teams, including Miami. Sources are skeptical of Thibodeau’s desire to make deal.”
Timberwolves’ head-coach Tom Thibodeau reportedly met with Butler in Minneapolis following the player’s physical on Monday, but talks about convincing him to commit his future to the team were rebuffed, according to multiple reports.
The team coach said Minnesota plans to “honor Butler’s request” and is currently “seeing what is out there.”
Butler was given permission to skip the team’s media day on Monday. He was present only for medical evaluations. Thibodeau said Butler would be away from the team for at least a week because he’s still rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand. However, Butler posted to social media his intense training workout videos and doesn’t appear to be physically limited in any way.
According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest.
It was reported by the New York Times on Wednesday that Butler prefers a trade to Miami, and while they are interested in signing Butler, talks about luring from Wolves has proved difficult. However, Butler’s is backed at 2/7 by freebetting.co.uk to join the Miami Heat next summer.
Butler, 29, registered 59 appearances last season for the Timberwolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals.
The player, who stands at 6ft 8″, is entering the fourth season of a five, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but can enter the free agent market next summer by seeing out of his final year. Butler is scheduled to earn a base salary of $18.7 million in 2018-19.
Written by Ojo Olayiwola Adisa