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Heat-Timberwolves deal collapsed over weekend

Heat-Timberwolves deal collapsed over weekend”

According to a report from ESPN and other sources, the Heat have received Butler's medical records from the Timberwolves and appeared to be on the verge of a deal until that agreement fell through. With negotiations reaching another dead end, Butler's camp has started questioning if the Wolves front office is actually making a deal or just pretending to get a deal done.

He didn't turn up for training camp and has not been present at any of their pre-season games to date.

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves tried to "amend the framework" of the trade Saturday by pushing for a "sweeter return" for Butler.

Miami had reportedly backed off its claim to not include guard Josh Richardson in any possible deal for Butler, though it all broke down when Minnesota came in late with its want to add a sweetener. Both Minnesota and Miami remain hopeful that a deal involving possibly a third party will alternately help them offload their surplus contracts.

Butler has been away from the team since being given permission to skip media day and has been rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right hand.

Getting a second star is always easier when one star is already around, and Butler is a vocal personality who could help bring more talent to South Beach.

Any trade at this point looks like the best angle for Minnesota, considering Butler's stance on the preseason and the belief that owner Glen Taylor's stance hasn't changed: Butler must be traded.

He has listed the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks as teams he would like to re-sign with.

The Timberwolves are hoping to offload Gorgui Dieng in any trade and the $48million left on his current deal.



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