This, obviously, led to basketball fans wondering exactly what Pat Riley would need to do to pull this trade off and get a star to come down to South Beach. Phoenix will get involved if they can return a point guard in a three-team trade. We chose to consult the all-knowing Trade Machine to try and figure things out.
When Butler first made his trade demand last week, only the Clippers, Nets and Knicks were on his list. Not just because Butler prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat, per The New York Times' Marc Stein.
"Along with Butler, Miami had been willing to accept Gorgui Dieng and the remaining $48 million left on his contract under the right circumstances", ESPN reported. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.
It's important to note that the Kings have been looking for a forward all summer long and the Timberwolves have Andrew Wiggins as well as the Heat having Justice Winslow, so this deal could easily be a blockbuster one at the end of the day. Not to mention, Butler is about to turn 30 while Simmons is only 22 years old.
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Despite Butler's desire to be traded, reports have surfaced that coach and president Tom Thibodeau is asking for a "steep package" that is putting a wrench in potential deals because he has no real desire to trade his star player.
Minnesota shipped several of its' young assets to Chicago - Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen - to acquire Butler.
Teams all around the league reportedly have shown interest in dealing for Butler, including the Rockets as the latest to emerge as a candidate.