Each time, they haven't been able to cross the finish line, most recently over the weekend with the Miami Heat, as ESPN first reported. "Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return..."
There's still a chance the teams re-open trade talks, Wojnarowski reported, but if Minnesota can't work things out with Miami, it might be in trouble.
Talks could pick up again in the future. Minnesota hasn't been engaged in serious talks elsewhere on Butler, with teams' belief that a Miami deal was inevitable and the Timberwolves' steep asking price often remaining nonstarters, league sources said.
In July, Butler reportedly turned down Minnesota's four-year extension offer worth $110 million. Miami always desires to be a destination for the NBA's elite players, and having Butler in tow helps with that goal.Читайте также: Several people injured in explosion at Oil Refinery in Eastern Canada - Owner
He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year. Thanks to Butler making his intentions to leave Minnesota known, the Wolves have lost some leverage - everybody knows they need to make a deal pretty soon.
Houston has also been aggressive in trading for Butler, sources said.
Butler has been away from the team since being given permission to skip media day and has been rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand.
Wojnarowski reports the two teams had been talking about swaps that included a third team to take on salary, along with a direct trade between them.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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