Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

Do you remember when Danny Ainge said the Timberwolves gave up too much for Jimmy Butler

While the Houston Rockets were considered to be in the mix from the very early stages, things are ramping up.

Rumors have been flying fast and furious all week, with the field of interested teams reaching almost half the league late last weekend.

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. Then, a three-team trade seemed likely, which may still be the case.

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "uninterested" in practicing or playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor to trade him sooner than later because he intends to walk as a free agent next summer anyway.

In less cynical terms, front offices believe that Minnesota minimally wants to fully recoup the assets that Thibodeau gave up in the 2017 trade with Chicago for Butler.

It's unclear what, exactly, the Rockets would offer for Butler.

Butler was given permission to skip the team's media day on Monday.

That has meant he's asking for quality veterans along with top prospects, draft picks and/or cap relief, according to several reports.

Butler, 29, has a requested a trade from Minnesota, where he has only played only one season.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings also have expressed interest.

The Miami Heat are reportedly aggressively pursuing Butler amid reports they are the disgruntled forward's preferred destination. If the Wolves could get Otto Porter, Jr. back in a deal with Washington, they should make sure to take a long, hard look at that possibility.

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