Timberwolves, Heat came close to Butler deal per reports

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Report: Jimmy Butler blockbuster trade was close but fell apart between Wolves, Heat

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Stating the obvious here, but I'm told Jimmy Butler's frustration level with Wolves front office is at an all time high. The Wolves have explored trading the 29-year-old shooting guard in recent weeks. The most prominent partner in these discussions is the Miami Heat.

Miami's believed willingness to pay Butler something in the neighborhood of a five-year, $190 million maximum contract next summer has played a part in Butler's enthusiasm in pursuing a deal there. However, it appears like things are now at a standstill.

The four-time All-Star and elite National Basketball Association defensive player has been linked to the Miami Heat for the last few weeks, but reports suggest that a deal that was in place fell apart. The Timberwolves reportedly asked for more, and that's what caused the Heat to back out of the deal.

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- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 7, 2018Those talks can always start again, but Minnesota has little else, if anything, going in the marketplace. Now that the deal fell through, other teams could see it as an opportunity to get involved. Sports reported that the Clippers and Wolves have discussed a deal, with Minnesota asking for forward Tobias Harris.

At this point, it is still likely Butler gets dealt.

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves tried to "amend the framework" of the trade Saturday by pushing for a "sweeter return" for Butler.

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