Reports: Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler trade talks with Heat hit snag after 'significant progress'

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor
Minnesota’s <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4912/" data-ylk="slk:Jimmy Butler">Jimmy Butler</a> trade talks roll on. (AP Photo)
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler trade talks roll on. (AP Photo)

With the NBA regular season opener less than two weeks away, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat are reportedly still circling around a possible Jimmy Butler trade.

Reports indicated that the two teams are still locked in talks for Butler as of Wednesday night, with plenty of progress made but no deal imminent according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

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Wojnarowski also reported that Butler, despite being reportedly unhappy in Minnesota, does not plan to miss any regular season games as long as his wrist is healthy. However, it’s still an open question on when Butler will rejoin the Timberwolves at practice, so there could still be plenty of drama to ring out.

The Heat are reportedly Butler’s preferred destination, and Butler’s intensity and work ethic would likely be a perfect fit for the Heat’s culture. As for what could be holding up the Timberwolves’ trade, it apparently comes down to a pair of young assets in Miami.

Per Wojnarowski and Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minnesota, the Timberwolves are most interested in Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo, as well as a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. The Timberwolves would also like to unload Gorgui Dieng and the $48 million left on his contract.

Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are also both reportedly available from Miami’s side, but it makes sense why Minnesota is interested in the younger players. Richardson is a versatile wing that offers strong two-way value and is currently playing on a very affordable four-year contract. Adebayo is a 21-year-old big man that oozes potential thanks to his athleticism and defense.

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