But the men from South Beach will face stiff competition for Butler's signature as the likes of the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers have all reportedly made enquiries about him. However, the 2019-2020 season is a player option, and it is expected that Butler would opt out of his contract to pursue another max deal.
Thibodeau has been willing to coach the Timberwolves through the dysfunction that has surrounded his star players, but Taylor has sided with Butler and agreed that the Wolves should part ways with the four-time All-Star, sources said.
The Heat's media day is Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, to be followed by Tuesday's start of training camp at Florida Atlantic University at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The deal will pay Towns, 22, more than he could make with any other team under a rule in the collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to pay a home-grown player coming off his rookie contract 35 percent of the National Basketball Association salary cap.
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This looks to be a messy situation and teams have mentioned they would trade for Butler even if he didn't re-sign this upcoming offseason. Would Butler report? If he does, how would Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each react?
There were possible rumors that Butler would be traded by late-Sunday night, but alas that didn't happen and here we are waiting for the Wolves to make a decision. Instead, Towns said he wanted to talk with owner Glen Taylor about a number of organizational issues before agreeing to sign his massive extension. However, with no assurances Butler would return next summer, the Cavs would likely also ask for a first-round draft pick as well.
Butler, 29, is playing on the past year of a contract that will pay him almost $20 million next season and has made it clear he does not intend to re-sign with Minnesota.