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Wolves wanted Simmons in potential Butler trade

28 September 2018

With some National Basketball Association preseason games starting as early as tomorrow, there is still no real news on the Jimmy Butler front.

It appears the Minnesota Timberwolves might be asking for too much in a Jimmy Butler trade. Thus, the most recent reports on this saga, from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, say that the Wolves' current asking price is simply too high.

Trade talks centered on Butler have reportedly stalled as the Timberwolves are seeking "quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief" in return for Butler, ESPN reported.

The report adds sources are skeptical of whether coach Tom Thibodeau actually wants to make a deal for his star player and things are "volatile" in Minnesota right now.

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The New York Times' Mark Stein tweeted Wednesday morning that Butler and his agent "have informed Wolves ownership that Miami is Butler's preferred trade destination".

If Butler doesn't move and enters free-agency next summer, the Clippers could pitch him the idea of joining forces with Kawhi Leonard. Woj reported last week that the idea of joining Leonard in Los Angeles intrigued Butler.

Butler is still in Minneapolis working out while the rest of the team is in California to start the preseason.

Butler wants to be traded immediately so the writing seems to be on the wall for a Celtics-Timberwolves deal. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. So far, no traction with Clippers and Nets. The 6-foot-8 small forward had a wonderful campaign with the Timberwolves past year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

Wolves wanted Simmons in potential Butler trade