Timberwolves' Asking Price for Jimmy Butler Is Too High

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One of the most recent reports coming out of this ongoing saga between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves, is that the Wolves' asking price for their star forward is simply far too high.

If Butler doesn't move and enters free-agency next summer, the Clippers could pitch him the idea of joining forces with Kawhi Leonard. Woj reported last week that the idea of joining Leonard in Los Angeles intrigued Butler.

Minnesota is reportedly in search of "quality" veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief in any swap, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Per Wojnarowski, if the Heat ship All-Star guard Goran Dragic to the Timberwolves in a Butler deal, it could make Minnesota's Jeff Teague available for Phoenix in a multi-team trade.

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As speculation around Jimmy Butler continues to heat up, Butler's camp reportedly is pushing for a deal with Heat. Butler, 29, wants a trade, and a full five-year, $190 million contract extension with a new team, sources said. Especially considering his injury trouble and the fact that he's spent a lot of time playing for Tom Thibodeau, who is notoriously tough on his players, there's very real reason to be hesitant to be the team that pays Butler.

If the Timberwolves need additional compensation from the Cavs, they'll likely have to wait two seasons for a first-round pick to be conveyed to them, as the Cavs aren't guaranteed to be able to trade a first-round pick with 2021.

A trade to Miami would reunite Butler with Dwyane Wade, with whom he was teammates and close friends with for one year in Chicago.