Head coach Tom Thibodeau is probably Butler's biggest fan in the world and has coached him on two different teams.
According to ESPN, the Timberwolves are seeking quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief. Thibodeau now may be looking to restock the cupboard, and won't rush to make a bad deal for a player he believes is among the NBA's best. Butler, 29, wants a trade, and a full five-year, $190 million contract extension with a new team, sources said. A host of teams are interested in trading for Butler, but Minnesota's demands for, well, just about everything under the sun reportedly have caused potential suitors to doubt the team is negotiating in good faith. Thus, the most recent reports on this saga, from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, say that the Wolves' current asking price is simply too high.
As Marc Stein of the New York Times reported today, the Heat have become Butler's ideal destination. Others such as the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks have at least expressed an interest in Butler.
So far, there's been no team close to willing to meet Thibodeau's massive return for a Butler deal. He was hired with a mandate to win, reached the playoffs for the franchise's first time in 13 years last season, and wants to continue on that path with his current core of players.