Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski. Butler has given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he's open to signing extension, in anticipation of trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2018
According to another source, one of those three teams that the forward is looking to be traded to is the Miami Heat.
— Stefano Fusaro (@S_Fusaro) September 19, 2018
Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is actually close friends with Butler, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In addition Heat team president Pat Riley is known for pulling off blockbuster deals when fans least expect it.
With a potential starting lineup of Goran Dragic, Wade, Josh Richardson, Jimmy Butler, and Hassan Whiteside, the Heat would be immediate contenders as top dogs in the Eastern Conference.