Erik Spoelstra Pushing Miami Heat to Trade for Jimmy Butler

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The latest rumors say Butler wants to take his talents to the Miami Heat, who reportedly have been his most aggressive suitors and are trying "to be creative" in order to reach an agreement on a trade. But Butler and his agent Bernie Lee have informed Timberwolves ownership that Butler's preferred destination is Miami, according to The New York Times, citing unidentified league sources.

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is reportedly seeking a contract extension with a different team.

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Until something does happen with Butler though, all focus will remain on training camp in Hawaii, where the Clippers will face off against the Sydney Kings on Sunday, September 30.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.

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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. We're going to do what's good for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota shipped several of its' young assets to Chicago - Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen - to acquire Butler. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report.

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The whack-a-mole nature of the Butler trade rumors suggest Minnesota has set a moving target in trade talks, holding up a potential trade for a player who wants to leave immediately.

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