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Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden and head coach Tom Thibodeau at the first day of training camp Tuesday

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Head coach Tom Thibodeau met with Butler in Minneapolis following Butler's physical on Monday, but overtures meant to coax Butler back to the team were rebuffed, according to multiple reports.

Butler shocked the National Basketball Association last week when he requested that the Timberwolves - who just a year earlier landed the superstar in a draft-night deal with the Chicago Bulls - trade him once again. Per the report, teams have been unwilling to meet Minnesota's high asking price of quality veterans, top prospects, future assets and salary-cap relief in return for the 4-time All-Star.

The Suns traded Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in late August, leaving them with no starting-caliber point guard on the roster.

If the Rockets were to land Butler, there would nearly certainly need to be a third team to absorb the salary of Gorgui Dieng. Butler reportedly prefers to go to the Miami Heat. He was present only for medical evaluations.

From everything we've heard - from all the great reporters and insiders out there - I think it's safe to say that we shouldn't expect a Jimmy Butler trade anytime soon.

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Earlier this week, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, told Wolves ownership that Miami is his preferred landing spot.

Other teams have expressed interest in Butler, including the Clippers, Rockets, Cavaliers, Nets, Wizards and Mavericks, per Wojnarowski.

Jimmy Butler apparently has altered his thinking when it comes to where he would like to be traded.

Butler is set to earn just over $19 million next season. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Conner, Minnesota proposed a counter offer that included 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons after Philadelphia inquired about a Butler's availability.

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