Heat re-open Butler trade talks with Timberwolves

Sam Amico

The Miami Heat have re-opened trade talks centered on Minnesota Timberwolves star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to a report from the

You heard it from @Lefty_Leif and now I’ve heard the same:

The Heat are engaged in Jimmy Butler conversations.

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) October 26, 2018

">Five Reasons Sports Network. This news came one day after an ESPN report that said the Houston Rockets have included four first-round picks in their most recent Butler offer.

Butler requested a trade more than a month ago. He is said to prefer the Heat over all other potential destinations.

He can become a free agent at the end of the season, having turned down a contract extension from the Timberwolves over the summer.

Recent reports have suggested the Timberwolves are hesitant to trade Butler to the Rockets since they both compete in the Western Conference. That's said to especially be the case with ultra-competitive president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who has tried to convince Butler to reconsider his trade request on multiple occasions.

Such would not be the case with the Heat.

Thibodeau has reportedly not been as involved in trade discussions, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he has asked Thibodeau to focus on his coaching duties.

Taylor and Wolves general manager Scott Layden are handling the trade talks, Taylor said.

Butler, 29, is averaging 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.8 steals in four appearances this season.