Despite the reluctance of head coach and president Tom Thibodeau, the Minnesota Timberwolves are determined to find a trade for Jimmy Butler before the start of the season. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says that at the NBA Board of Governers meeting Taylor told prospective spirits for Butler to contact him directly if they can not get past general manager Scott Layden. The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons are among the others who have expressed interest.
Miami was unable to attract any marquee free agents this summer and did very little business outside of re-signing veteran duo Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.
Thibodeau said that if Butler is not traded in the coming days, and is set to return from his rehab, he will practice with the Wolves. Irving left Cleveland in part because the franchise didn't feel like his own, and that independent streak also appears to be in Butler, if some reports are to be believed.
The Heat would be a good fit for Butler, who's entering the final year of his contract.
Butler, a four-time All-Star, was given the OK by the team not to participate in media day.
Thibodeau addressed the speculation around Jimmy Butler, saying that the team was fortunate to acquire him when they did, and that they'll always be looking to put the team first and make the team better over anything.
A first-round pick of the Bulls in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Marquette University, Butler has averaged 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 43 playoff games, including 38 in Chicago and five with Minnesota.