Timberwolves seeking too much in Jimmy Butler trade

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Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talks to the media during NBA All-Star Media Day as part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau is probably Butler's biggest fan in the world and has coached him on two different teams.

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "uninterested" in practicing or playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor to trade him sooner than later because he intends to walk as a free agent next summer anyway.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are asking for proven veterans, future assets, cap space and prospects. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report.

Until something does happen with Butler though, all focus will remain on training camp in Hawaii, where the Clippers will face off against the Sydney Kings on Sunday, September 30.

The report notes the interest appears to be mutual as "the Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of the 20-plus teams to inquire thus far". The four-time All Star has indicated to the Minnesota Timberwolves that Miami is his preferred trade destination.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game, while helping the team to their first playoff berth since 2003-04. It'll be a challenge - although not impossible - to get any Butler deal done without a third team.

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