Jimmy Buter Trade: Heat Unwilling to Deal Rising Young Star

Will the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat consummate a Jimmy Butler trade?

Whether or not they do could depend on Miami’s willingness to deal 25-year-old guard Josh Richardson.

And, according to ESPN’s Darren Wolfson, they’re not there yet.

Via 1500 ESPN:

My understanding is – from talking to numerous league officials, league sources, front-office folks [and] a couple of coaching sources – that the Timberwolves have all the parameters of the deals that they can make. So it’s on the Wolves at some point here to say yes. Now, do they wait a little bit longer just to see if some team adds some player in, like Miami? Miami is not willing to move Josh Richardson. But in the end, do they offer Josh Richardson?

Some league people thought, yeah, at the end, Pat Riley would make him available when you have the chance to acquire a star like Jimmy Butler. But so far, as of Oct. 2, no sense whatsoever that Miami is making Josh Richardson available.

Source: Heavy Sports