Report: Pat Riley tells Heat he's 'pulling plug' on Butler talks

NBA.com Global on Oct 19, 2018 03:39 PM
Pat Riley tells Heat he's 'pulling plug' on Butler talks
FILE - SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China at Shenzhen Universidade. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

If Minnesota trades Jimmy Butler sooner or later, it may not be to the Miami Heat.

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Heat president Pat Riley has informed players that he has all but ended trade talks centered on acquiring Butler, a four-time All-Star.

In another rare confirmation of Miami Heat trade negotiations, a team spokesman confirmed shortly before Thursday night's game that Heat President Pat Riley recently told the team's players he was "pulling the plug" on trade negotiations regarding disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler.

Miami has been the most frequently mentioned suitor for Butler, who made it clear to Timberwolves management that he preferred to be dealt before finishing out the final year of his contract. Minnesota, however, has held firm either in hopes that Butler will reconcile himself to the team or for an offer they can't refuse.

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