The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly pulling back a bit on trade talks surrounding Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler. While the team is widely considered one of the top landing spots for Butler, a recent report points to the asking price simply being too steep.
It’s somewhat eye-opening considering the expectation that Russell and/or LeVert were almost certainly going to be a focus of any deal for the Timberwolves. While the Nets have quite a bit of young talent, Russell and LeVert would carry the most weight in any potential deal.
While the two young playmakers will remain in the conversation should talks move forward, it’s unknown what other assets the Timberwolves have requested.
Value of Russell and LeVert
It’s hard to consider dealing two players on the rise who are both 24 years old or younger. Even though Russell played just 48 games in his first season with the Nets and averaged a career-low 25.7 minutes per game, he still managed to post averages of 15.5 points and 5.2 assists per game. Russell has tremendous upside, and if included in a deal, he’s an instant-impact player for Minnesota.
Source: Heavy Sports