In a report, we found out that Jimmy Butler was so close to being traded to Miami, that people on both sides were calling it a "done deal."
Meanwhile, in Houston, they were cooking up a deal themselves. With the Heat deal breaking down, it left ample opportunity for the Rockets, who ended up offering FOUR first-round picks in exchange for the disgruntled star. But despite folks saying that was the best deal they would ever get, Minnesota refused anyway.
And, according to The New York Times Marc Stein, a unanimous agreement between the team's upper brass may have played a part.
I’m not hugely surprised that the Wolves resisted Houston’s trade offer last week of four future first-round picks for Butler, along with the contracts of Brandon Knight and Marquess Chriss. The stated reason was that the Rockets’ latest proposal features zero players who can help Minnesota immediately, but the biggest factor was presumably this: Minnesota’s owner, Glen Taylor, and Coach Tom Thibodeau are in strong agreement about not wanting to surrender Butler to the Rockets and set them up with a third elite player alongside James Harden and Chris Paul.
As part of their agreement to not create additional superteams in the West, the Wolves' upper management agreed to avoid a trade that sent them a third star (Butler) to play alongside CP and Harden.
We've seen this type of talk before, and even as soon as this past summer with teams like the Thunder and Spurs trying to avoid sending their players to join an L.A. superteam.
Nonetheless, refusing to trade an unhappy star for four draft picks takes that whole idea to a new extreme.
We'll see if that "idea" can hold up if the team continues their mediocre state.