If the Boston Celtics aren't the team that lands Jimmy Butler, it won't be a surprise to anyone.
Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach, has said publicly that he is working on dealing Butler but will only do what's best for his team.
Trade talks centered on Butler have reportedly stalled as the Timberwolves are seeking "quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief" in return for Butler, ESPN reported. Thus, the most recent reports on this saga, from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, say that the Wolves' current asking price is simply too high.
Butler, 29, has a requested a trade from Minnesota, where he has only played only one season.
Teams all around the league reportedly have shown interest in dealing for Butler, including the Rockets as the latest to emerge as a candidate. Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports that Thibodeau and his assistant, general manager Scott Layden, have been dragging their feet on trading Butler and ignoring an directive from owner Glen Taylor to get a trade done. It'll be a challenge - although not impossible - to get any Butler deal done without a third team.
The Heat enter '18-19 with a almost identical roster as last season, when they went 44-38 to secure the No. 6 seed.
Early rumors claimed Butler initially wanted a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.