Where does the Heat stand in the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes?

Posted September 20, 2018

All three teams have cap space to sign Butler outright next offseason as a free agent.

Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota. He reportedly has a list of 1-3 teams where he'd be willing to sign an extension, and the Sixers are not one of them.

Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

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Although the Heat isn't on Butler's initial list of preferred destinations, it doesn't completely rule Miami out of the race for the 6-8 forward.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season. They helped carry the Timberwolves to the team's first postseason in 14 years, helped bring a winning culture - until it began to crater among contractual issues and personalities.

Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins - Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor.

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Following the team's annual Media Day at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, the Heat will travel to Boca Raton for two-a-day practice sessions that will be closed to the public from Tuesday through Friday of that week leading into the scrimmage.

Butler has two years remaining on his contract but has the option to opt-out after this coming season and that's exactly what he would do.

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