Kings, Suns Willing to Help Facilitate Jimmy Butler Trade

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Sources: Miami has been the most engaged team with Minnesota on a Jimmy Butler trade. Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances, sources said.

He had previously said that the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were at the top of his list.

Butler reportedly is on the trade block in the aftermath of the trade he requested last week during his meeting with Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out that the Wolves' asking price for Jimmy Butler is still extremely high, even for teams most engaged in discussions (the Heat).

After trading three potential All-Stars in Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (Lauri Markkanen), the Wolves are looking to recoup as much as possible from their one-year rental of Butler.

They can't trade their best player in Kevin Love, a five-time All-Star who is an elite shooter and rebounder in the frontcourt, until January 23rd. Wojnarowski has also mentioned the Phoenix Suns as a team that could force its way into discussions; they have reportedly had interest in Tyus Jones in the past, so they could be a team to watch.

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We'll keep you updated on the rumors, but for now, Butler is still in Minnesota with the season just around the corner. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. If the Wolves could get Otto Porter, Jr. back in a deal with Washington, they should make sure to take a long, hard look at that possibility.

While the Houston Rockets were considered to be in the mix from the very early stages, things are ramping up.

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