Report: Heat not trying to re-engage Timberwolves in Butler trade talks

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Even if Pat Riley didn’t call Tom Thibodeau a “MFer” when the Jimmy Butler trade fell apart, don’t take that for a sign everything is just fine between the sides.

While there are conflicting reports on this, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat have not pushed to start up talks with the Timberwolves again.

The Heat, according to a source familiar with the dealings, “are not trying to re-engage” in Butler the talks. The process, however, seemingly remains fluid in light of Butler’s recent behavior and comments.

There are other reports that the Heat are open to starting trade talks again, so what was told to Winderman could be spin to try to force Minnesota to pick up the phone. However, at this point, it’s hard to imagine the Heat upping their offer (which reportedly was Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, and a protected first-round pick). Miami is the only team that Minnesota has had any real trade traction with.

One date to watch: Oct. 19, next Friday. That’s the Timberwolves first home game, against the Cavaliers, and Minnesota fans will not be kind to Butler after he has asked out. It’s a concern for the team and could genuinely be an embarrassment (on top of all the other embarrassments around the Butler trade drama). If a trade is going to get done soon it because Minnesota owner Glen Taylor steps up and makes it happen, and maybe trying to avoid a scene in his home building will motivate him. Maybe. But nothing else yet has.

This is a soap opera that, like its daytime television counterparts, could drag on and on and on seemingly forever.