Timberwolves shooting for moon in Butler trade talks

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The Phoenix Suns may be willing to be the third team that helps the Minnesota Timberwolves facilitate a trade centered around Jimmy Butler if they can acquire a point guard, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Wolves are seeking a combination of veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau is probably Butler's biggest fan in the world and has coached him on two different teams. That came in a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times in which he cited National Basketball Association sources.

If Butler is now saying Miami is his preferred trade destination, it has to mean he has aspirations to be there in the long term. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report.

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. Miami, however, has found it hard to get Minnesota to "clearly communicate". The Miami Heat, who have been among the most aggressive teams pursuing a trade for Butler, find the price too high.

Thibodeau has expressed interest in keeping Butler, but the feeling reportedly is not mutual.

Conflicting reports came out last week as ESPN reported Minnesota's front office was shutting down trade requests from other teams. The 6-foot-8 small forward had a wonderful campaign with the Timberwolves a year ago, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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