But Thibodeau isn't rushing to proclaim Butler will be dealt.
Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra always have admired Butler, not only because of his offensive game, but because of his competitive nature and strong defensive skills, which resulted in him being named second-team All-NBA defense four times in his career.
While the National Basketball Association offseason has been rather quiet lately, the rift between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves could result in a blockbuster trade before the season begins.
For the Heat, who have been linked to pursuits of players such as Kevin Durant, Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving in recent years, it would mean landing the type of leading man the team has lacked in recent years.
Currently, Butler is under contract for the next two years, where he is due to make $20.44 million in 2018-2019 and $19.84 million in 2019-2020.
With the T-Wolves trying to move Butler early this week, stay tuned for more updates on the superstar swingman.
This looks to be a messy situation and teams have mentioned they would trade for Butler even if he didn't re-sign this upcoming offseason.
There's been speculation that Butler clashed with some of his other high-profile teammates, including Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, and Thibodeau's comments didn't necessarily refute that notion. The Cavs reportedly talked to Chicago about acquiring Butler last off-season, but as David Griffin's contract expired, negotiations to bring in a general manager were in limbo.
Now that your caught up with the drama in Minnesota, let's start by sending Jimmy Butler to San Antonio and see what we can get back for the 4-time All-Star. "That was made clear".