Heat rekindle talks for Jimmy Butler after refusal of Rockets offer

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The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets are also trying to swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are 1-3 to begin the campaign and will be without Harden for at least the next two games because of a hamstring injury.

Miami is hellbent on remaining active in trade talks despite a month's worth of disagreements with the Wolves' front office and their steep asking price for Butler.

Butler expressed a strong desire to be traded during the late stages of the offseason, and while the ongoing situation with the Wolves seems untenable, he has played very well in the four games he's appeared in this season for Minnesota.

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Four is the maximum amount of first-round picks Houston is allowed to offer in a potential deal. Per Wojnarowski, the picks would come with limited protection.

Butler, 29, plans to become an unrestricted free agent. The team has said that they are committed to trading Butler when they are presented with a satisfactory offer.

Wow, four future first-round draft picks is insane, a lot like the trade that crumbled the Brooklyn Nets when they acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

It's a massive offer for a star the Rockets obviously believe could be the missing piece to a championship juggernaut, though the Timberwolves have shown surprisingly little interest in dealing Butler, who requested a trade in the preseason.