The Miami Heat have re-opened talks for Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler after the Wolves turned down a reported offer of Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight and four first-round picks from the Houston Rockets, according to Lefty Leif of 5 Reasons Sports, seconded by ESPN's Stefano Fusaro.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Though Butler has been trying to force his way out of Minnesota since the offseason, the Timberwolves have held onto him while continuing to field trade offers. "Minnesota was still adamant on receiving Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, but Houston will not put Tucker on the table".
Meanwhile, the Rockets are 1-3 to begin the campaign and will be without Harden for at least the next two games because of a hamstring injury.
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The Heat's last offer included caving on three-and-D extraordinaire Josh Richardson and shooting guard Dion Waiters along with a protected first-round pick. That's said to especially be the case with ultra-competitive president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who has tried to convince Butler to reconsider his trade request on multiple occasions. Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of the season.
Wow, four future first-round draft picks is insane, a lot like the trade that crumbled the Brooklyn Nets when they acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
The Rockets likely wouldn't make such an aggressive offer unless Butler agrees to sign an extension with the team beforehand.
However, rules when it comes to protecting picks in this situation are tricky.