The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be aiming high in trade talks surrounding All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, even asking the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Ben Simmons in return, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.
As our own Quenton Albertie demonstrated, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are very much in the running to land Jimmy Butler, who has expressed his displeasure with his current team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, in recent days.
An executive with another Eastern Conference team said he believes Miami is the leading contender for Butler but that wasn't based on anything the Wolves have told him. The thing is that amid these rumors, there's no indication that, you know, Butler is going to end up in Miami. Cleveland was not on Butler's list of trade destinations (and it probably won't be any time soon), so what's the point? However, the four-time All-Star still wants the Timberwolves to honor his trade request.
Richardson, 25, averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 81 games for the Heat last season. Why risk trading for a player when he will be a free agent in less than a year? They added Carmelo Anthony to an already loaded roster this offseason, and the addition of Butler would strengthen their position as favorites to dethrone the Warriors. I understand that with being in the league for so many years, but got to try to just see what we can do.
With LeBron out of the East, the Sixers window becomes significantly larger and letting go of young talent and assets for a 29-year-old looking for a long-term max contract would be a win-now move, one that Philly does not need to make.
Despite the fact that team's president is trying to reunite Butler at the same time the Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has a different opinion - he is looking to trade the player and is ready to meet owners and front-office executives of other National Basketball Association teams himself.