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Report: Heat Included Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters in Latest Jimmy Butler Deal
- Updated: October 7, 2018
ESPN Sources: Minnesota-Miami talks escalated close to a Jimmy Butler deal over weekend – only to see trade fall apart. Minnesota shared Butler’s medical info with Miami, owners were involved and sides prepared to finalize. Minnesota pushed for more, talks fractured.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 7, 2018
However, after the Wolves pushed for more than what the Heat were willing to offer, the deal was taken off the table.
“Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return on the four-time All-Star forward, league sources said.”
It seems that the Heat are willing to negotiate and restructure whatever package is necessary to get Butler in Miami, but the Wolves are literally asking for the entirety of the Heat’s young assets.
Wojnarowski also states that the Heat had been searching for a third team to re-route the contract on Dion Waiters:
“Miami had been searching for a third team to re-route a contract, which included conversations on Miami guard Dion Waiters, sources said. Incentivizing a third team with draft picks became one of the road blocks in Minnesota completing the trade, league sources said.”