Rockets making a 'strong effort' to land Jimmy Butler via trade

While Butler continues to hold out for a trade away from Minnesota, Rose is relishing the opportunity to fly under the radar while he prepares for the upcoming campaign.

However, Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN.com report the Timberwolves' asking price for Butler is too much for teams, including the Heat.

It's been 10 days since Butler reportedly made his trade request official in a face-to-face meeting with Tom Thibodeau, and four days since Butler arrived at Target Center for his physical and Thibodeau acknowledged the trade request to the Twin Cities media.

The Miami Heat's mission to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Jimmy Butler is only intensifying.

Butler is reportedly not interested in rejoining the team.

Then, the day after, Thibs said he would trade Butler.


The New York Times' Marc Stein tweeted that South Beach is Butler's preferred destination.

At any rate, we don't know a lot more than we did earlier in the week, except for that Miami and Houston appear to be the most aggressive teams at this stage.

Other teams have expressed interest in Butler, including the Clippers, Rockets, Cavaliers, Nets, Wizards and Mavericks, per Wojnarowski. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Conner, Minnesota proposed a counter offer that included 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons after Philadelphia inquired about a Butler's availability.

Butler, 29, has averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a 33.9 three-point shooting percentage over his seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, the first six with the Chicago Bulls.

He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year.


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