A new twist occurred in the Jimmy Butler trade saga on Wednesday morning, when it was reported that the All-Star and his agent told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he would like to get traded to Miami.
According to recent reports, the Heat have been aggressively pursuing a deal with Minnesota to acquire Butler. 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.More news: Trump says he would have pushed Kavanaugh through
"Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances", ESPN reported.
Butler wants to be traded immediately so the writing seems to be on the wall for a Celtics-Timberwolves deal. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.More news: Paul Pogba wants return to Italian club Juventus
"Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we'll honor that", said Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.
Sources: In addition to the Sacramento Kings getting involved in helping facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade, the Phoenix Suns are open to jumping in as well. Not to mention, Butler is about to turn 30 while Simmons is only 22 years old. The team reportedly recently expressed interest in point guard Tyus Jones, who comes off the bench in Minnesota.More news: Tiger Woods caps comeback with Tour Championship victory