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Report: 'Breakdown' in Jimmy Butler trade talks with Miami Heat

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The Miami Heat had made significant progress on a trade involving Jimmy Butler earlier this week, but proposed changes from Minnesota created a "breakdown" in negotiations, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Stein also reported the Heat and Wolves did not discuss a trade involving a third team. That could mean that the price of trading for Butler could be giving up Miami's most promising young players.

The Heat enter 2018-19 with a nearly identical roster as last season, when they went 44-38 to secure the No. 6 seed. The addition of Butler could be enough to vault Miami into the top half of the Eastern Conference.

Butler, a four-time All-Star, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.

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