The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes heat up with a new favorite

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P.J. Tucker would be a nice addition, but would be a less valuable role player on a Wolves team that would be a borderline playoff team at best after swapping Butler out for Gordon.

As of Thursday night and early on Friday, the Houston Rockets are reportedly making a serious run at landing Butler.

Especially considering his injury trouble and the fact that he's spent a lot of time playing for Tom Thibodeau, who is notoriously tough on his players, there's very real reason to be hesitant to be the team that pays Butler.

The Jimmy Butler trade saga continues with whispers about the shooting guard potentially relocating to Miami. Per the report, teams have been unwilling to meet Minnesota's high asking price of quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief in return for the 4-time All-Star.

After rumblings that two potential teams have taken a step back, Houston's path may have gotten a bit easier.

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"He requested a trade and we're going to honor his request", Thibodeau said.

Gibson went on to say that Butler's desire to jump ship may have been motivated by reasons other than his differences with his teammates, as it has been portrayed by the media.

The Miami Heat are reportedly aggressively pursuing Butler amid reports they are the disgruntled forward's preferred destination.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Butler prefers a trade to Miami, and while the Heat are interested in acquiring Butler, they have found trade talks hard. The Clippers, Knicks, Nets, Cavaliers and Kings have also been reported to be interested in Butler. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Conner, Minnesota proposed a counter offer that included 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons after Philadelphia inquired about a Butler's availability.

He is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $92.3 million contract he signed with Chicago in 2015, but he can enter the free agent market next summer by opting out of the final year.

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