MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Jimmy Butler trade saga continues with whispers about the shooting guard potentially relocating to Miami.

The New York Times’ Marc Stein tweeted that South Beach is Butler’s preferred destination.

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According to recent reports, the Heat have been aggressively pursuing a deal with Minnesota to acquire Butler.

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Head Coach Tom Thibodeau said he’d honor Butler’s request for a trade, but the team would only make a deal if it would benefit the Wolves.

Butler did not participate in the Timberwolves Media Day on Monday, but was at the team facility and did a physical, which is standard for NBA players as they enter the season.

Butler was a key piece last year in the Timberwolves returning to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season. He declined a four-year contract extension from Minnesota in the offseason, knowing he was entering the final year of his current contract. He could opt for unrestricted free agency, and a bigger contract, after this season.

The Timberwolves are inclined to trade him to another team, rather than let the season play out and not get anything for him in return.

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