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.
The Wolves and Heat were making significant progress on a Jimmy Butler trade this week, league sources say, before deal changes proposed by Minnesota led to a breakdown in talks- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 4, 2018
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.