Jimmy Butler wants to be traded to Heat, report says

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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.

A new twist occurred in the Jimmy Butler trade saga on Wednesday morning, when it was reported that the All-Star and his agent told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he would like to get traded to Miami.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are asking for proven veterans, future assets, cap space and prospects.

The report notes the interest appears to be mutual as "the Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of the 20-plus teams to inquire thus far".

Now there is a report that the Heat is at the top of Butler's list, amid his standoff with the 'Wolves that has him away from the start of training camp. A host of teams are interested in trading for Butler, but Minnesota's demands for, well, just about everything under the sun reportedly have caused potential suitors to doubt the team is negotiating in good faith. The four-time All Star has indicated to the Minnesota Timberwolves that Miami is his preferred trade destination. Butler remains adamant that he will not return to the team even after a meeting Monday with Thibodeau, who tried to persuade Butler to rejoin the team, according to ESPN.

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Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015.

Early rumors claimed Butler initially wanted a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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