Jimmy Butler trade rumors: Heat aggressively pursuing trade for All-Star forward

Videographers film Tyus Jones at the Minnesota Timberwolves Media Day in Minneapolis on Monday Sept. 24 2018. Scott Takushi  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Videographers film Tyus Jones at the Minnesota Timberwolves Media Day in Minneapolis on Monday Sept. 24 2018. Scott Takushi St. Paul Pioneer Press

No matter what eventually happens with Jimmy Butler regarding his impending trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Miami Heat again have become part of speculation regarding the next big thing in the National Basketball Association.

Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves lost to the Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. But it's likely Minnesota would want a hefty package in return for Butler, so Miami may have to part with Justise Winslow and/or multiple draft picks to get a deal done.

Currently, Butler is under contract for the next two years, where he is due to make $20.44 million in 2018-2019 and $19.84 million in 2019-2020.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have been "as aggressive as any team" as a suitor for Butler.

Last week Woj reported that Butler had given the Timberwolves a list of teams he was interested in being traded to, which included the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.

The problem is that Butler wants out and Karl-Anthony Towns was rumored to not want to sign his extension unless Butler was sent away and Towns literally signed his extension a few nights ago (meaning we can all sleep somewhat better).

Several teams have indicated they may be willing to trade for Butler even without assurances that he'll re-sign. "Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said", he tweeted.

With his trade demand this past week, it's clear the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler are headed for a parting of ways. The Cavs reportedly talked to Chicago about acquiring Butler last off-season, but as David Griffin's contract expired, negotiations to bring in a general manager were in limbo. A deal between Cleveland and Minnesota would be much more hard to figure out largely due to the number of bad contracts the Cavs have.

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