The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Wednesday that the Miami Heat had made significant progress on a Jimmy Butler trade earlier this week. But proposed changes from Minnesota created a “breakdown” in talks.
The Wolves and Heat were making significant progress on a Jimmy Butler trade this week, league sources say, before deal changes proposed by Minnesota led to a breakdown in talks— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 4, 2018
Stein also said that the Heat and Wolves did not discuss a trade involving a third team. That could mean that the price of trading for Butler could be giving up Josh Richardson or Bam Adebayo, Miami’s most promising young players.
Is Pat Riley trying to call the Timberwolves’ bluff, knowing that Butler’s preferred destination is the Heat and that Butler will become a free agent next year? Will the Heat bring in a third team to meet Minnesota’s demands? The next few days may let us know.