Report: Jimmy Butler Makes Huge Decision in Order to Force Trade Out of Minnesota

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In an effort to accelerate a trade, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler is taking a serious step by sitting out Wednesday night’s contest against the Utah Jazz.

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Butler, 29, has been trying to get out of Minnesota for over a month now. Although the veteran made his trade request clear and the team has been entrenched in drama, the Wolves have been reluctant to let go of the star. In fact, the Miami Heat and Minnesota were close to completing a deal earlier this month, but the Wolves got greedy and negotiations fell apart.

One of the main players Minnesota wants from the Heat is swingman Josh Richardson. The rising youngster, who is on team-friendly contract, is averaging a career-high 19.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. While the 25-year-old’s numbers have improved, it still doesn’t match the production and stardom Butler brings.

The Wolves star, who recently led the franchise to their first postseason in over a decade, is currently putting up 22.5 points and 5.3 rebounds on a whopping 50.5 percent shooting from the field this year. Although the wait for a trade is taking a long time, whoever gets Butler will undoubtedly get a whole lot better.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.