The Timberwolves don’t appear to be budging on the Rockets’ offer for a Jimmy Butler deal.
According to Shams Charania of the Stadium, citing unidentified sources, the Timberwolves are “showing no inclination to move” on Houston’s offer of two injured players and four first-rounders for Butler.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 26, 2018
ESPN originally reported Thursday the Rockets’ offer would include four future first-round picks, but Charania adds the proposed deal includes two injured players with Marquese Chriss (ankle) and Brandon Knight (knee). However, the report adds the Timberwolves wouldn’t have the opportunity to immediately use any of the assets acquired in the trade because Chriss and Knight don’t have a timetable to return.
Butler requested a trade before the season and the Timberwolves reportedly were on the verge of completing a trade with the Heat before changes proposed by Minnesota led to a breakdown in talks earlier this month, according to The New York Times. There also were reports the Timberwolves’ asking price was too high and Miami wouldn’t budge.
The 29-year-old forward has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. However, Butler can opt out after this season.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The four-time All-Star is averaging 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in four games this season.