Butler now prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat

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Report: Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

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.

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. 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.

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Reports have indicated that Miami has been aggressive in negotiations since Butler announced his desire to be traded, even as he left the Heat off his initial list. Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports that Thibodeau and his assistant, general manager Scott Layden, have been dragging their feet on trading Butler and ignoring an directive from owner Glen Taylor to get a trade done.

Butler requested a trade before the start of training camp.

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Uninterested in coaching a rebuilding team, Thibodeau is reluctant to trade his star forward - at least not for any package that would cause his team to take a big step back this season.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. It's been an emotional roller coaster and I believe I speak for all Minnesota Timberwolves' fans when I say that we want something done before the pre-season begins. The 6-foot-8 small forward had a wonderful campaign with the Timberwolves previous year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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