Heat Reopen Jimmy Butler Trade Talks After Wolves Fail to Move on Rockets' Offer

The Wolves are nonplussed at the draft-heavy Houston offer for Jimmy Butler, and now the Heat have re-entered the fray for the wing's services this season.

James Harden, Jimmy Butler

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James Harden, Jimmy Butler

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried. He was willing to mortgage Houston's future to take a flier on Jimmy Butler for less than a year, with no guarantee that Butler would be back when he becomes a free agent this summer. Not even four first-round picks weren't enough to entice Tom Thibodeau to part with his unhappy star, according to The Ahtletic's Shams Charania.

Minnesota is showing no inclination to move on Houston offer of two injured players and four first-rounders for Jimmy Butler, per sources. On @WatchStadium: pic.twitter.com/NnXkMwXd9N

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 26, 2018

But now the Miami Heat are back in the mix, according to reports Friday morning.

Good morning.

I fully expect reports to surface soon that Miami and Minnesota are reengaged in trade talks.

— Greg Sylvander (@GregSylvander) October 26, 2018

I can confirm that the Heat and Timberwolves have reopened trade talks for Jimmy Butler. First reported by @5ReasonsSports @Lefty_Leif

The Wolves have shown NO movement on the reported Rockets offer from last night.

— Stefano Fusaro (@S_Fusaro) October 26, 2018

The last we heard of the Heat, who have long been in the hunt for Butler, team President Pat Riley was denying the report he called Thibodeau a "motherfucker" after a last-second ask for a deal that was all-but-done to send Jimmy Butler to Miami in return for Dion Waiters (cap filler), Josh Richardson (low-key might be the best young talent on the team) and a protected first-round pick (probably to prevent the Wolves from a lottery selection should the Jimmy trade backfire).

Some say the timeline on a deal transpiring will happen sooner rather than later this season, likely closer to February's trade deadline as more contenders look to acquire someone to help get past the Warriors, but there's been nothing definitive from the more well-connected NBA reporters on the beat.

Houston would need to send at least $16.3M in salary to acquire Jimmy Butler. Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss are enough financially once both are eligible to be dealt on October 31.

Most NBA execs don't currently expect the Butler saga to drag on for much longer than that... https://t.co/MBpolDRAUA

— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 25, 2018

This morning, Thibodeau provided an update on the trade talks. 

Here's #Twolves coach/POBO Thibs from this morning with an update on Wiggins, and Butler trade talks: pic.twitter.com/6MiRGVCOXf

— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) October 26, 2018

We hope this whole thing ends soon so we can see how Butler's trade re-jiggers the Association. He's that good, which is probably why Morey and Riley and likely many more are trying to finagle a deal with Thibodeau. While it might seem like an easy opportunity to get him on the cheap, Thibodeau is holding firm, which might ultimately net the Wolves a sweetheart offer he can no longer turn down. Though many already think the Rockets offered one.

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