Just when we thought the NBA offseason had finally calmed down, Jimmy Butler said "hold my beer".
When news broke the Butler wanted out of Minnesota, reports initially were that he preferred the Knicks, Nets, or Clippers. Then, reports evolved into Butler wanting the Clippers above all else.
But, because we can't have it stay that simple, Butler now reportedly prefers the Heat over any other team according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Jimmy Butler and his agent Bernie Lee have informed Wolves ownership that Miami is Butler's preferred trade destination, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2018
Tuesday, there were reports that Butler met with coach Tom Thibodeau to talk about the possibility of returning to the team at least during the preseason, but Butler is dead-set on leaving Minnesota.
If you're the WIzards, you don't want Butler heading to Miami.
The Heat, who did next to nothing this offseason, are handcuffed with the highest payroll in the league ($157,135,935), signed no big-name free agents, and had no draft picks this past June. This, coming off a forgettable 44-38 season in 2017-18, a sixth seed in the East, and a five-game first-round exit at the hands of the Sixers.
Now, if they were to add a two-way All-Star player in Butler, that could drastically change Miami's outlook on the season, and would only crowd the Eastern Conference up more.
Last season Butler played in 59 games for the Timberwolves and averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals to help them reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Miami lacks a true superstar, and if they were able to land Butler and keep a majority of their core together (a big "if" considering they'll have to part with some pieces and not just picks), the Heat suddenly become another viable name when it comes to competition near the top of the East.
One player certainly isn't enough in today's NBA (except LeBron James still), but Butler would without a doubt make the Heat a better team this season.
The one thing about the NBA offseason though, is whatever you think you can expect, a surprise comes out of nowhere and changes the entire story.
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