By Michael Donovan
The Minnesota Timberwolves are still seeking a suitor for Jimmy Butler, and the Sixers have re-entered the convo.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
“For Timberwolves and president/coach Tom Thibodeau, accepting two players unlikely to crack his rotation and four draft picks with uncertain conditions was a non-starter, sources said. Around the NBA, there’s belief that the Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could re-emerge in the Butler discussions.”
The Sixers and the Heat are two of the teams that have remained on the periphery of the Jimmy Butler situation. It’s no surprise that Miami and Philly would still be interested in working out a deal. The Heat probably came closer in earlier negotiations, but nevertheless, they were not able to reach a deal.
As Jimmy Butler continues to sit out games for “general soreness” and “precautionary rest,” a need for a deal becomes more pressing.