Even after all the chatter and practice day drama, Jimmy Butler still dons a Timberwolf jersey heading into the second game of their season.
The reports all pointed to a Butler deal happening sometimes before the season started this past Tuesday. So when tip-off day came and went, some were surprised to hear crickets on the whole situation.
Turns out, the Wolves were, in fact, taking calls for Jimmy, and even making some of their own. In fact, in one exchange between the Timberwolves and Heat, the talks had “advanced to the brink of a blockbuster trade” before things evidently fell apart.
The Miami Heat reportedly offered Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk and a protected first-round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler, according to Woelfelspressbox.com’s Gery Woelfel.
And in a report by Woj, the Heat “had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return on the four-time All-Star forward.”
Now, it seems Pat Riley has shut off talks completely, leaving Butler and his squad searching for another alternative.
Though, for now, it looks as if they’ll have to bear each other for at least a little while longer.