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LA Clippers are wise to not get involved with Butler’s high price

LA Clippers are wise to not get involved with Butler’s high price

Sources: Miami has been the most engaged team with Minnesota on a Jimmy Butler trade. A Heat spokesman told the Sun Sentinel recently they would not address speculation, but Miami looks like a major player in the Butler sweepstakes.

Per Wojnarowski, if the Heat ship All-Star guard Goran Dragic to the Timberwolves in a Butler deal, it could make Minnesota's Jeff Teague available for Phoenix in a multi-team trade. "Butler can become a free agent in July, and teams recognize that he's already asked for a trade from Minnesota and a coach he has enjoyed a long, prosperous and close relationship with - and Butler could be a risk to leave them in summer free agency".

Early rumors claimed Butler initially wanted a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.

Thibodeau recently indicated the Timberwolves do indeed intend to trade Butler, "but we're not going to do a bad deal". As Woj says in the above tweet, it seems like Tom Thibodeau is likely trying to keep the asking price high in order to keep Butler on the team.

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Last June, the Chicago Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (the pick used to select Lauri Markkanen).

AmicoHoops sources confirmed the reported talks between the Timberwolves and Cavs.

Butler, meanwhile, took a physical with the Wolves on Monday before Thibodeau declared that the player is still doing rehab work after having minor surgery on his hand during the offseason.