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Report: Cavaliers jumping into Butler sweepstakes

Wojnarowski reports Gilbert spoke directly to Wolves owner

September 23, 2018 - 3:41 pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor were recently spotted talking at the NBA Board of Governors meeting on Friday and the Cavs are one of the teams interested in pursuing four time All-Star Jimmy Butler.

Butler has been granted permission to not show up to Timberwolves media day on Monday, and he does not have to report to the team for the start of training camp on Tuesday.

Butler was acquired last off-season by the Timberwolves, who ended a streak of 13 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, which was the longest active playoff drought.

This isn't the first time the Cavaliers have inquired about Jimmy Butler. 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.

If General Manager Koby Altman and Gilbert can meet the Timberwolves' asking price, they will have the challenge of trying to convince Jimmy Butler to sign long term next off-season. After LeBron James' departure there's obviously a glaring need at the small forward position, and Butler would be a big time addition for any franchise, especially one that could use another star player alongside Kevin Love.