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Thibodeau tried to convince Butler to stay with Wolves

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 26 September, 2018, 11:00

The Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat are among the teams with reported interest.

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach/president Tom Thibodeau met with small forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince the four-time All-Star to rejoin the team for preseason action.

The comments, made at the team's facility during media day, came a little less than a week after reports emerged that Butler had requested a trade - the first time Butler had approached his longtime coach with that request, according to Thibodeau.

Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden initially rebuffed calls from teams as they had no intentions of parting with the veteran but Taylor has stepped in and made it clear that they must do business.

Thibodeau, who coached Butler in Chicago, was naturally against this, and initially said that he had no plans to trade Butler even though he wanted out.

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Only time will tell whether or not the Heat are able to make the most attractive offer and get the deal one.

Jimmy Butler #23 and Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate in the final minute of overtime of the game against the Denver Nuggets on April 11, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

But it's another if Thibodeau really is trying to hold onto Butler and ignoring what his boss has told him to do.

For the record, all three of those teams remain in the hunt for his services, but Timberwolves are likely to make the transaction that works in their favor since Butler is entering 2019 on an expiring contract.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the idea would clearly be to pair Butler and Kevin Love, and ideally switch from semi-rebuilding to reloading. Whatever happens with the Butler deal, the Kings are determined to use that $11 million in cap space and their expiring contracts to gather more assets for the future.

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