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New Orleans Pelicans: Pels had extensive discussions with Timberwolves about Butler

ESPN reports that a potential deal for Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves fell through with the New Orleans Pelicans, due to their unwillingness to include Jrue Holiday in the trade.
ESPN reports that a potential deal for Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves fell through with the New Orleans Pelicans, due to their unwillingness to include Jrue Holiday in the trade.

The Jimmy Butler saga may have ended Saturday morning, but that does not stop the news of several potential deals the Minnesota Timberwolves had in place. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves had an extensive trade discussion with the New Orleans Pelicans centered around their former star.

By not having any tradeable assets that were intriguing to T-Wolves, a deal for Butler fell apart due to New Orleans’ unwillingness to include point guard Jrue Holiday in the trade.

Minnesota desperately tried to cobble together trade offers in the past week, including extensive discussions with New Orleans, league sources said. The Pelicans are limited on tradable assets, but desperate to find star power to keep Anthony Davis for the long run. The Pelicans wouldn’t include point guard Jrue Holiday in its offer, nor multiple draft picks, league sources said.

Although it would have been nice to see the Butler team up with Anthony Davis, it is understandable why the Pelicans did not include Holiday in a trade. Over the past two seasons, Holiday has played a huge role in the Pelicans success, averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 assists, 1.5 steals per game. His play during last season’s playoff run has placed the one-time all-star among the best point guards in the game.

However, if the Pelicans and T-Wolves were able to agree to a deal, a team with Butler, Davis, Holiday would have been deadly together. All three players are elite defenders who and score at will. Clearly, a team with this amount of talent may have been enough to end the Golden State Warriors legendary run.

Wojnarowski also mentioned that Minnesota held trade talks with the Washington Wizards for their all-star shooting guard, Bradley Beal. In the end, the T-Wolves traded Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

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