Cleveland Cavaliers remain interested in Minnesota Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler

Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden and head coach Tom Thibodeau at the first day of training camp Tuesday

Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday: "Minnesota's asking price for Jimmy Butler remains too steep for teams".

With this asking price in mind, it's hard to imagine what the Rockets could possibly offer the Timberwolves for Butler without dismantling their team.

Last week, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said teams should contact him directly about a potential trade for the four-time All-Star, and that he wanted to get a deal done "in the next several days", after it was reported that the team wanted to keep Butler.

At one point, it seemed as though the Miami Heat were in the lead when it comes to putting together a palatable trade package for the Timberwolves All-Star, possibly including a third team.

The Wolves are seeking a combination of veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief.


"He requested a trade and we're going to honor his request", Thibodeau said.

The Miami Heat are reportedly aggressively pursuing Butler amid reports they are the disgruntled forward's preferred destination. He was present only for medical evaluations. However, Butler posted to social media his intense training workout videos and doesn't appear to be physically limited in any way.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Conner, Minnesota proposed a counter offer that included 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons after Philadelphia inquired about a Butler's availability.

Nevertheless, teams remain interested in acquiring Butler, who averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Timberwolves last season.

Butler is set to earn just over $19 million next season.

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