But Thibodeau isn't rushing to proclaim Butler will be dealt.
Butler, a four-time All-Star, was given the OK by the team not to participate in media day.
As for the other players who are reportedly available, dealing them would certainly be a big hit to the Heat's current rotation, but most would consider it well worth it in exchange for bringing a player of Butler's caliber to Miami.
The Nets are one of the three teams handpicked by Butler, but the most quiet so far, likely reflecting the same confidence as the LA Clippers and the New York Knicks that the franchise can acquire him as a free agent next summer.
Also sparking that speculation: The fact that Towns' decision to sign a five-year, $190 million extension came shortly after Butler's trade request. "So when I look at what was the impact [of having Butler], it was huge", Thibodeau said, adding that he always knew there was risk involved in trading for Butler given his contract situation.
The problem is that Butler wants out and Karl-Anthony Towns was rumored to not want to sign his extension unless Butler was sent away and Towns literally signed his extension a few nights ago (meaning we can all sleep somewhat better).
Butler was traded to the Timberwolves from the Chicago Bulls on draft day in June 2017.
This isn't the first time the Cavaliers have inquired about Jimmy Butler. But he said Butler is "a top-10 player in the league", and he holds considerable trade value.
Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden initially rebuffed calls from teams as they had no intentions of parting with the veteran but Taylor has stepped in and made it clear that they must do business. A deal between Cleveland and Minnesota would be much more hard to figure out largely due to the number of bad contracts the Cavs have.