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The Heat have reportedly remained engaged with the Timberwolves on a Jimmy Butler trade.

Trade talks between the two clubs have already collapsed twice, but when Pat Riley sees an opportunity, he usually finds a way to take advantage of it. As for Butler, he was seen in the Timberwolves locker room prior to Wednesday's practice and was cordial with his teammates, but to this point, he still hasn't run through a practice with his team. Right now, it looks like Butler will begin the year in Minnesota.
Oct 10 - 12:20 PM

The Timberwolves reportedly plan to open the 2018-19 season with Jimmy Butler on the roster.

Butler has not practiced with the team since training camp opened up on September 25, and he remains away from the club with an excused absence, but it doesn't sound like he'll be going anywhere any time soon. Butler remains adamant that he wants to be traded and sees no future with Minnesota, and while Tom Thibodeau has indicated he'll honor that request, opposing GMs have questioned whether he's truly invested in finding a deal. This will more than likely be a storyline that drags out all the way until the deadline.
Oct 9 - 5:10 PM

The Rockets reportedly remain interested in swinging a deal for Jimmy Butler.

Like Miami, Houston cannot afford to sign Butler as a free agent this summer without his Bird Rights, but it's unclear exactly what they'd be able to offer in order to entice Minnesota. Miami and Minnesota were reportedly on the verge of making a deal this weekend involving Butler and Josh Richardson, but further demands the Minnesota front office resulted in talks breaking down. There are rumors out there that Tom Thibodeau may not be all that invested in finding a deal for Butler, so this is something that could drag out until the deadline.
Source: ESPN
Oct 7 - 3:26 PM

Jimmy Butler "doesn't plan to miss regular season games" if he's healthy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Wolves have listed Butler as out with a wrist injury, but he's openly been a holdout while demanding a trade during training camp and the preseason. Wolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau is reportedly "still determined" to have Butler join the team for the regular season, assuming no teams meet Minnesota's lofty trade requirements. The Heat have emerged as the most likely landing spot for Butler and they're reportedly pushing for a decision on a revised offer on Wednesday. This at least makes it easier to target Butler in fantasy, since he doesn't intend to miss games while healthy.
Oct 3 - 10:12 PM

Jimmy Butler has reportedly informed Minnesota management that his preferred destination would be to go to Miami.

The Timberwolves are under no obligation to honor this request, but it's been widely reported that the Heat have been very aggressive throughout the process, and Butler could be the piece that takes Miami to the next level. They'd need to get a third team involved to make the numbers work, but Sacramento has made it known that they'd be willing to take on a few bad contracts if they can secure a future first-rounder. Things are heating up.
Sep 26 - 10:14 AM

The Heat have reportedly been "aggressive" in their pursuit of Jimmy Butler.

Miami wasn't one of the squads that Butler named as a team he'd be interested in signing an extension with, but Pat Riley appears willing to take the risk, as a talent like Butler would immediately catapult the Heat into contender status out East. He'd also have a full year to sell Butler on Miami's culture, and Erik Spoelstra's hard-nosed, defense-first approach would likely jive with what Butler is looking for. Ultimately, whoever presents the most attractive package to Scott Layden and Tom Thibodeau will be the winners of the Butler sweepstakes, and Miami is just one of many names to be in the mix thus far.
Sep 23 - 7:41 PM

Jimmy Butler is "most determined" to end up with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj reported earlier today that the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets are among Butler's preferred destinations. Shams Charania of The Athletic also mentioned the Heat as a potential landing spot. Butler is eyeing a team that can accommodate him and another star player. He would like to be traded now so that he can lock in a five-year max contract worth $190 million next summer, instead of a four-year, $140 million contract if he were to leave Minnesota in free agency.
Sep 19 - 8:56 PM

Carmelo Anthony recently met with Houston and Miami management in Las Vegas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony has been given permission by the Thunder brass to begin meeting with prospective teams, and most reporting to this point indicates that the Rockets are the current frontrunners to land his services. Anthony's first stint with Mike D'Antoni didn't go all that well, and he struggled to effectively play a lesser offensive role with OKC last season, but Houston is desperate for a forward after losing both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Additionally, the Thunder are exploring trade options where Melo would be moved, waived, and then free to sign with a team of his choosing.
Jul 10 - 3:16 PM

LeBron James is expected to speak with the Heat, Lakers, Cavs, 76ers and Spurs during free agency.

Chris Paul is a big factor here, as he's very close with LeBron James and was quoted saying he was already recruiting LBJ once the Rockets got bounced out of the Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey would need to move around some contracts to make the numbers work, but it wouldn't be impossible for him to add James to the core of James Harden, CP3 and Clint Capela. James could also partner up with Paul in Los Angeles, or he could go to San Antonio to play under a coach he's openly admired.
Jun 10 - 5:27 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expects the Sixers to start Ersan Ilyasova at center for Game 2.

Ilyasova replaced Amir Johnson in the middle at halftime on Saturday, a move that effectively neutralized Hassan Whiteside, who played only 12 minutes. Philly coach Brett Brown didn't tip his hand about the starting lineup, but he did say the frontcourt pairing of Ilyasova and Dario Saric "will likely surface again." That's no surprise, considering how much success they found in Game 1.
Source: Philly.com
Apr 16 - 3:03 PM

The 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in Tyreke Evans.

The Grizzlies want a first-round pick for Evans and the 76ers are reportedly reluctant to throw that into the deal, although Memphis may be able to entice them if they'd be willing to take on Jerryd Bayless, who is owed roughly $8.5 million next season. Evans has also been linked to Boston, New Orleans, Miami, OKC and Houston, and it seems likely that he won't finish the year in Memphis. He's in an ideal situation in Memphis, so owners may want to sell-high before he gets dealt.
Jan 31 - 12:17 PM


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