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Pat Riley tells players he’s ‘pulling plug’ on Jimmy Butler talks

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Riley apologized to players for having their names appear in rumors.

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Throughout the Miami Heat’s training camp and preseason, reporters leaked information on trade discussions between the Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves over Jimmy Butler. And Pat Riley addressed those rumors with his players.

The message? Riley is pulling the plug.

The move was a good one for Riley to make. Players may understand that the NBA is a business, but they also know that always hearing their names in trade rumors shows them that they’re not valued. After the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a potential trade, it is best for Riley to move on and see how his team can perform as-is.