According to a new report, the Miami Heat are now at the top of Jimmy Butler’s preferred list of destinations.
Marc Stein reported the following:
Jimmy Butler and his agent Bernie Lee have informed Wolves ownership that Miami is Butler's preferred trade destination, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2018
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
It should be noted that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not have to abide by any wishes of Jimmy and they have already said they won’t make a bad trade. However, Wolves ownership wants to make a deal quickly.
This is a good sign that trading for Butler would come with an indication that he will stay long term and not leave in free agency.
This news may give the Heat a better standing when it comes to trading for Butler, maybe allowing them to keep the better of their assets. But who knows. Pat Riley is being aggressive and doing his best to acquire a star.
The story will continue...