Reports: Butler trade to Heat hits snag
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 01:23 PM
FILE - BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 20: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during Game Four of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
Per multiple reports, Jimmy Butler has agreed to sign a four-year max deal with Miami, a contract he will obtain via sign-and-trade that will return at least Josh Richardson to Philadelphia. Butler's interest in Miami grew more public in the days leading up to the opening of free agent negotiations on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Miami had also reportedly agreed to send other players to Dallas in order to open up the requisite cap space for Butler. Confusion about which players the Mavericks would receive, however, appears to have complicated the trade negotiations.
Initially, Goran Dragic was set to go to the Mavericks. That was later revised to the duo of Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. However, the two teams couldn't agree on a configuration, leading to the deal falling apart.
completing this for the record: the deal is off. at some point, there was a misunderstanding with the parameters. miami was certain it was dragic. dallas had been saying olynyk/jones all week. up to miami to salvage it, probably with another team.— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) July 1, 2019
As a result, Miami could be left to seek a different team with cap space willing to take on their unwanted contracts.