Jimmy Butler could have been out of Minnesota as early as this past weekend, but negotiations for a potential trade fell through.
According to ESPN, the Timberwolves were close to a deal with the Heat — Butler’s reported preferred destination — but they demanded too much for the disgruntled forward.
The talks quickly fell apart, meaning Minnesota still has Butler on the roster.
ESPN Sources: Minnesota-Miami talks escalated close to a Jimmy Butler deal over weekend – only to see trade fall apart. Minnesota shared Butler’s medical info with Miami, owners were involved and sides prepared to finalize. Minnesota pushed for more, talks fractured.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 7, 2018
It’s unclear what Minnesota wanted in return for the 29-year-old Butler, but Miami felt the Timberwolves’ asking price wasn’t worth it for him.
Another team in the mix for Butler are the Clippers, but like the Heat, the Clippers feel that the asking price for Butler is too high.
Butler averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games with Minnesota last season. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his player option for 2019-20.