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Jimmy Butler to meet with Miami Heat at the start of NBA free agency

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Butler and the Heat continue to share mutual interest but can it happen?

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With the NBA free agency period about to begin, the latest report is that the Miami Heat will meet with soon-to-be free agent Jimmy Butler on Sunday in South Florida.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Butler will meet with the Heat ahead of a meeting with the Houston Rockets, who are also heavily interested in the All-Star guard. Wojnarowski is also reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers are open to sign-and-trade deal at the risk of losing him for nothing, considering they gave up several assets to acquire him from the Minnesota Timberwolves early last season.

The Heat of course do not have the cap space to sign Butler outright, like the Rockets, but it is curious that Butler will meet with the Heat on their home turf. Remember, the Heat very nearly acquired him earlier this year before he was eventually traded to the Sixers.

Without much wiggle room in the current roster, Miami will need to get creative to land Butler, but the scenarios for that to happen remain complicated but not impossible. Of course, Pat Riley and the Heat front office have found creative ways to land All-Stars in the past.