Jimmy Butler was right on the cusp of finally heading to one of his dream destinations in the form of Miami, but that opportunity was snatched away from him at the last moment by Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Miami Heat reportedly sent an offer Minnesota’s way that included Josh Richardson and a protected first-round draft pick for Butler, but the deal was shot down by Taylor.
Per Marc Stein, Wolves owner Glen Taylor turned down a Heat offer which included Josh Richardson + a protected 1st round pick. https://t.co/nhPoz6TpLe
— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) October 9, 2018
Now, at face value, given all the drama surrounding Butler and the lack of other deals being offered to the Timberwolves, Minnesota seems pretty stupid not shipping off Butler as soon as possible right?
But Stein was pretty adamant the deal included Richardson and a pick, and that there was more to the trade than just those two pieces.
For example, if the Heat were also trying to offload the bloated contracts of either Tyler Johnson (almost $40 million) or Dion Waiters ($35 million), the Wolves seem infinitely smarter for not taking the bait.
Minnesota still has ways to go to trade the disgruntled Butler, and we may see Jimmy sit out a few games to start the season if a suitable trade partner isn’t found before the end of the month.