Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A Heat spokesman said the team would not address the speculation, with training camp ongoing at Florida Atlantic University.
Butler wants to be traded immediately so the writing seems to be on the wall for a Celtics-Timberwolves deal.
This puts the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets in an undesirable situation. Rumors of discord between Butler, coach Tom Thibodeau and young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins seemingly escalated to a point of no return, leaving the front office with little choice but to honor his request.
Last June, the Chicago Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (the pick used to select Lauri Markkanen). Thibodeau now may be looking to restock the cupboard, and won't rush to make a bad deal for a player he believes is among the NBA's best.
Woj reports that Minnesota seeks quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and/or cap relief, which is simply too high for interested teams, including the Miami Heat.
It's not often a borderline superstar becomes available in trade talks, especially when the obtainable player wants to play for your team.