Report: Jimmy Butler approved of James Harden trade when Miami Heat were frontrunners

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A new report indicates that when the Miami Heat were considering an acquisition of superstar guard James Harden, Heat star Jimmy Butler expressed his approval of the potential move.

During the preseason, Harden indicated that he no longer wanted to play for his former team, the Houston Rockets, which sparked plenty of interest from other NBA franchises.

Ultimately, Harden was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets in January and has been averaging 25.3 points, 11.3 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals since donning a Nets uniform.

Butler is the unquestioned leader of the Heat’s roster, so getting his approval on any potential deal was paramount for the Heat’s front office.

Harden’s on-court production certainly could have made a difference when the Heat were enduring a 3-10 stretch in January and February. During that period, Butler was held out of the lineup due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

However, Butler’s return has led to a flurry of wins for the Heat that has helped move them up the standings.

If the Heat want to repeat as Eastern Conference champs this season, it may require Butler and company to battle Harden and the Nets, a potential series that would be something to see.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.