Timberwolves wanted Simmons in trade for Butler

Report: Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

Jimmy Butler isn't interested in putting on a Timberwolves jersey again.

Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday: "Minnesota's asking price for Jimmy Butler remains too steep for teams".

Kevin O'Connor, an National Basketball Association writer for The Ringer, hopped on The Bill Simmons Podcast to chat about a number of topics, one of which was Jimmy Butler trade talks.

It was originally reported that Butler was looking to move to the LA Clippers, the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets, but there are reports the Miami Heat want Butler as well. Fox 26 Sports' Mark Berman reports that a source confirmed Houston is still attempting to put together a trade package worthy of Minnesota's attention.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game, while helping the team to their first playoff berth since 2003-04. Our conversations (between Butler and Thibodeau) will remain private. If the Wolves are moving Butler and not getting a proven superstar, the next best thing is an improving player who they control for four years on a team-friendly salary.

What may come as a slight surprise, however, is that they aren't the favorites. If the Wolves could get Otto Porter, Jr. back in a deal with Washington, they should make sure to take a long, hard look at that possibility.

Though one of the most talented all-around players in the league, Butler is 29-years-old and his fit within locker rooms is starting to be questioned.

A trade to Miami would reunite Butler with Dwyane Wade, with whom he was teammates and close friends with for one year in Chicago.

According to reports, the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and Sacramento Kings have also refused to accept a Butler deal.

I completely understand the appeal of the Cavs wanting to get a proven commodity in Butler; he's that second 20-plus point guy to go with Love.