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Timberwolves-Rockets Jimmy Butler Trade Talks Detailed

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Jimmy Butler would fit best as rental for team trying to win this year

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game LA Clippers on December 3, 2017 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Throughout trade talks, Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has continued to try to recruit Butler to ease off his trade demand and return to practice with the team, league sources said.

Rumors have been flying fast and furious all week, with the field of interested teams reaching almost half the league late last weekend. Taylor has informed teams that the four-time All-Star is on the trading block, but the asking price remains "too steep", according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

"Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we'll honor that", Thibodeau told CBS Sports.

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One reported key to any potential deal that would send Butler to Miami is swingman Josh Richardson, who was the 40th pick in the draft three years ago.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Butler prefers a trade to Miami, and while the Heat are interested in acquiring Butler, they have found trade talks hard.

Gibson went on to say that Butler's desire to jump ship may have been motivated by reasons other than his differences with his teammates, as it has been portrayed by the media. Wojnarowski has also mentioned the Phoenix Suns as a team that could force its way into discussions; they have reportedly had interest in Tyus Jones in the past, so they could be a team to watch.

Butler, 29, has averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a 33.9 three-point shooting percentage over his seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, the first six with the Chicago Bulls. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $18.7 million in 2018-19.

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