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Butler now prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat

Butler now prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have gone from dark horse in the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes to favorite in a matter of hours. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season.

But regardless when a deal actually gets done, it feels like at this point it will simply be a relief for all parties involved once this whole thing is over.

A new twist occurred in the Jimmy Butler trade saga on Wednesday morning, when it was reported that the All-Star and his agent told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he would like to get traded to Miami.

That news conflicts with the original report that Butler was seeking a trade to the Clippers, Knicks or Nets - the three teams rounding out the top five on this list. No one in the National Basketball Association comes close to the $11 million in salary-cap space that the Kings possess to absorb a contract, as well as the several expiring contracts - including Zach Randolph ($11.6 million), Iman Shumpert ($11 million) and Kosta Koufos ($8.7 million) - to move onto a team that prefers to clear cap space in July. The Kings are without their first-round draft pick in 2019 and uniquely positioned to leverage that cap space into, at a minimum, a future first-round pick and maybe more as part of a Butler blockbuster.




Butler, 29, turned down a contract extension from the Timberwolves over the summer.

Butler was allowed to not participate in media day by Wolves management and ownership reportedly wants him out.

Teams pursuing Butler remain skeptical of Thibodeau's desire to execute a trade, believing that he's making counter proposals that Thibodeau knows teams will never accept.

The potential trade would work out well for all parties in this situation.

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