NBA trade rumors: Raptors interested in potential deal for Jimmy Butler

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The trade reportedly fell apart after the Timberwolves asked for too much from the Heat in return for Butler.

NBA trade rumors: Timberwolves almost dealt Jimmy Butler to Heat this weekend

The trade reportedly fell apart after the Timberwolves asked for too much from the Heat in return for Butler.

The Raptors could be looking to trade for another star player.

Toronto has shown interest in dealing for disgruntled Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, according to a report from Minnesota station 5 Eyewitness News. Minnesota has told at least one team it believes it can receive a “good player back” in return for Butler, the report says.

The Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, from the Spurs earlier this offseason in exchange for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan.

Butler reportedly requested a trade out of Minnesota last week. He could become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his player option for 2019-20.

The Cavaliers have also inquired about Butler, according to an earlier report from ESPN. He reportedly told the Timberwolves he preferred to be dealt to either the Nets, Clippers or Knicks.

Butler, a four-time All-Star, was selected by the Bulls with the 30th pick in the 2011 draft. He spent the first six seasons of his career in Chicago before he was sent to the Timberwolves in June 2017.

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Butler averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games with Minnesota last season. He also shot 35 percent from 3-point range.


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