While the Miami Heat were reportedly close to completing a trade for Jimmy Butler, team president Pat Riley now says that deal is dead.
According to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel, Riley addressed the team regarding the deal but said he is “pulling the plug.” The intention was to keep the players in the loop during the process.
Butler had asked for a trade before the start of training camp, but the Minnesota Timberwolves were unable to find a reasonable deal.
Miami seemed on the brink of a trade, with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN noting things “escalated close” to a deal before falling apart in early October. Wojnarowski added that Miami had still been pursuing a deal after the first attempt failed.
Last week it was reported that Miami Heat team president, Pat Riley, got so fed up with Tom Thibodeau’s ridiculous trade requests that he called him a motherfucker and hung up. The Heat and Timberwolves still tried to make this deal happen for another week.
That’s how good Jimmy Butler is.
People love to dimish the value of Butler by claiming that he is injury prone and has too many minutes on his body which is an oxymoron. If he’s out with injury then how is he racking up all of these minutes?
Also, it’s the NBA. Everyone gets hurt.
The only player who never misses games from injury is LeBron James. LeBron broke his hand punching a wall after Game 1 of the Finals and then still proceed to play like everything was normal. Jimmy Butler missing some games every year is fine.
Butler is a 4-time All-Star and 2-Time All-NBA. Before suffering an injury last season, the Timberwolves were the 3 seed in the West and Jimmy Butler was an MVP contender.
Anddd Tom Thibodeau doesn’t actually want to trade him so his asking price is ridiculous that way he can report back to the owner, who does want to trade Butler, and can blame Pat Riley for backing out of trade talks. Meanwhile, Thibs knows he has a better chance to win with Butler instead of future draft picks and shit and this is his chance to save his job.
So what’s next for the Minnesota Timberwolves?
They start the season 0-1 after losing 108-112 to the San Antonio Spurs, a team that lost Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the offseason and then lost Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker to injury in the preseason. The Spurs have like, 6 players on their roster and the T-Wolves still took that L.
Um, I’m starting to think that Jimmy Butler torturing and harassing Karl-Anthony Towns in practice every day is starting to have a bit of a negative impact on Towns’s game. KAT only took 6 shots in their opening game.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the most skilled big man in the NBA and he took 6 shots. With the game on the line, you know who took the last show for Minnesota? Derrick fucking Rose.
You know what’s next for Minnesota? Tom Thibodeau gets fired because he still thinks D-Rose is the best player in the NBA and he lets Jimmy Butler take KAT’s lunch money before practice every day.
Fire Thibodeau, yesterday.
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