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Report: ‘Breakdown’ in Heat/Wolves talks on Jimmy Butler trade

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The New York Times’ Marc Stein said that Miami and Minnesota had made significant progress earlier this week.

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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.

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.