September 26, 2018, 4:46 pm
It’s been fairly quiet on the Jimmy Butler front of late. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN opened up a bit more on the process teams are facing when contacting the Wolves.
“Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, who is the point man for trade conversations, continue to leave rival executives and owners unclear about both the specific players and broader kinds of assets that the Wolves value in a deal, sources said. Even more doubt exists about whether there is even yet alignment between (Glen) Taylor and Thibodeau on a structure and timetable for a deal”
After numerous reports regarding Butler surfaced over the weekend, it’s been surprisingly dry this week. This quote likely explains why. If Woj’s sources are to be believed (when have they not been?) a great disconnect still remains between Thibs and Taylor, so much so that inquiring teams aren’t getting a clear signal and are even frustrated with the whole process. Woj even suggests that Thibs might be “reluctant to bring strong offers” to Taylor and move forward with a trade.
There seems to be no lack of suitors with the Heat being the most active and the Kings willing to facilitate as a third team to take on money. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported this morning that Butler’s camp has now informed the Wolves (specifically Taylor, for what it’s worth) that Miami is his preferred destination, seemingly out of desire to complete a deal as soon as possible.
The Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of the 20-plus teams to inquire thus far but, like many, have found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate. League sources say Miami is a team that strongly appeals to the free agent-to-be Butler after a trade https://t.co/YYTQT8FW22
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2018
Earlier this morning, Woj also reported that Phoenix was perhaps willing to jump into the trade as they continue their pursuit of a starting point guard. Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones were specifically mentioned, but Goran Dragic could also be an option.
Minnesota's Tyus Jones has been another PG on Phoenix's radar, too. https://t.co/djW3tdMyNL
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 26, 2018
Including Teague and Dragic into the mix complicates matters and still may require the Kings to take on a contract or two, but trading at this point in the offseason necessitates creativity as teams are mostly settled into their salary. As the days go on, though, it’s looking more likely Miami will be Butler’s new home.
Out of training camp Jon Krawczynski is reporting that Derrick Rose has been working with the first team in Butler’s absence. This is likely just temporary as the team awaits to resolve the Butler situation, but a reminder that Rose will have a large role this season if Thibs sticks around.
With Jimmy not here, Taj Gibson says Derrick Rose has been running with the 1s in a 2 PG lineup with Jeff Teague
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 26, 2018
Tyus Jones was involved in the Wolves’ most productive lineups last year, but Rose averaged 14 points in the playoff series versus Houston and has a long history with Thibodeau.