The Heat are hopeful they can rekindle trade talks with Timberwolves about acquiring All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, ESPN.com reported Wednesday, citing unidentified league sources.
A proposed blockbuster deal between the teams fell apart over the weekend just before it was completed.
Butler, who has communicated multiple times to the Timberwolves his desire to be traded, hasn’t practiced with the team this preseason. However, according to ESPN’s unidentified league sources, he was with his teammates Wednesday morning at Minnesota’s practice facility.
The Timberwolves front office and coaching staff, as well as some teammates, have held out hope that Butler would rejoin the team.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
“Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said. Butler has told Minnesota that he’ll leave in free agency in July — and wants a trade now.
“Owner Glen Taylor has pushing president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden to find a deal sooner rather than later for Butler, league sources said.”