Jimmy Butler Trade Rumor: Miami Heat Still Have Serious Interest In Timberwolves Star

The Miami Heat are still interested in pursuing a deal for Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler despite talks breaking down over the weekend.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that trade discussions between the two teams were nearly over the line before falling through at the "11th hour," but Pat Riley doesn't seem to have given up in the chase for the star.

Wojnarowski has since reported that the Eastern Conference outfit retain their interest in the four-time All-Star and are hoping to renegotiate a deal that would leave both sides happy.

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Things had gotten as far as the Timberwolves handing Miami access to the player's medical information. However, they pushed for more from the Heat after having agreed over a version of the trade deal and Riley backed out.

The Heat, who were initially unwilling to include Josh Richardson in negotiations, are said to have softened their stance over the player and were willing to let him go. Minnesota, though, attempted to get an even better return for their star than first proposed.

Butler, meanwhile, returned to practice with the team on Wednesday after spending the last few weeks training on his own. The player had previously held a meeting with the team's heads, who were hoping to convince him to stay, but he reiterated his desire to be traded and caused quite a stir during a scrimmage session.

"All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in Minnesota's practice, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office, league sources told ESPN," Wojnarowski tweeted. "Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins.

"At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me."

"Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless. He dominated the gym in every way. Jimmy's back."

The 29-year-old swingman averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season, so it's not hard to understand why they don't want him to leave. However, granting his trade request is what would suit all parties best at this point.


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