Report: Jimmy Butler's preferred trade destination is Miami Heat

Teams are reportedly 'skeptical' of Tom Thibodeau's desire to trade Butler

All-Star forward Jimmy Butler wants to play for the Miami Heat, according to a report from Marc Stein of The New York Times. But the asking price set by Minnesota appears to be too high, even for the Heat, according to Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Stein reports the Heat have been “aggressively” pursuing Butler since he requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. Despite their mutual interest, the Heat have reportedly “found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate,” according to Stein.

Thibodeau reportedly tried to convince Butler to stay during a meeting on Monday, according to ESPN, but the 29-year-old star “remained resolute” on his desire for a trade.

Meanwhile, team owner Glen Taylor reportedly wants to accommodate Butler’s request in order to quickly end this situation.

Thibodeau talked about the Butler situation with Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports on Tuesday.

“Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we’ll honor that,” Thibodeau told CBS Sports. “But we’re not just going to make any deal. He requested a trade and we’re going to honor his request. But we’re not going to do anything that’s bad for the Timberwolves. We’re going to do what’s good for the Timberwolves. We have to prioritize that. That’s what our job is.”

Despite Thibodeau’s apparent willingness to trade Butler, ESPN reports teams are “skeptical” of Thibodeau’s desire to make a deal and the situation remains “volatile” in Minnesota.

The Heat enter ’18-19 with a nearly identical roster as last season, when they went 44-38 to secure the No. 6 seed. The addition of Butler could be enough to vault Miami into the top half of the Eastern Conference.

Butler, a four-time All-Star, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.

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