Nevertheless, the meeting failed as Butler was "sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request" (Jon Krawczynski). Sources are skeptical of Thibodeau's desire to make deal.
Barring a change in the dwindling trade market between now and the season opener in San Antonio on October 17, the Timberwolves are making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster, league sources said... Despite their mutual interest, the Heat have reportedly "found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate", according to Stein. Don't expect Butler on the Timberwolves' roster when the 2018-19 season begins next month.
Now there is a report that the Heat is at the top of Butler's list, amid his standoff with the 'Wolves that has him away from the start of training camp.
The aforementioned Albertie broke down how he would forecast a trade between the Cavs and Minnesota playing out, citing how Cleveland's best assets can't be dealt for a while. Will the Minnesota Timberwolves trade him to the Rockets?
Butler, 29, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for Minnesota last season, who made the playoffs for the first time since the 2004 season.
The Hornets are on the verge of a rebuild, but getting Butler for one year could make things interesting and stall that process.
That said, what the Timberwolves would likely ask for from the Celtics - any of their All-Stars or Jayson Tatum - would be too much for Ainge to sign off on a deal.
I completely understand the appeal of the Cavs wanting to get a proven commodity in Butler; he's that second 20-plus point guy to go with Love.
"If something is good for us, that's what we're going to do", Thibodeau said.
Yet again, we've seen Houston's general manager Daryl Morey pull off some insane deals in the past, and they've paid off big time too, such as the one with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden.
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