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After reportedly telling the Timberwolves that his preferred destinations, in order, were the Clippers, Knicks and Nets, Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, have informed the Wolves that he would like to be dealt to the Miami Heat.

Throughout trade talks, Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau has continued to try to recruit Butler to ease off his trade demand and return to practice with the team, league sources said.

Jimmy Butler apparently has altered his thinking when it comes to where he would like to be traded. That came in a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times in which he cited National Basketball Association sources. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report. Miami, however, has found it hard to get Minnesota to "clearly communicate".

On Wednesday it was reported that Butler prefers to be traded to the Miami Heat, who were reportedly aggressively pursuing him.

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Thibodeau has expressed interest in keeping Butler, but the feeling reportedly is not mutual.

Uninterested in coaching a rebuilding team, Thibodeau is reluctant to trade his star forward - at least not for any package that would cause his team to take a big step back this season. However, ESPN later reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly. According to ESPN, he wants a five-year and $190-million extension with a new team.

Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game, while helping the team to their first playoff berth since 2003-04.


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