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Pat Riley tells Heat players he’s ‘pulling the plug’ on Jimmy Butler trade talks

Miami Heat president Pat Riley reportedly told the team’s players this week that he’s “pulling the plug” on any Jimmy Butler trade talks, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Riley is said to have lined up Heat players following a recent practice and informed them he’s standing by them, expressing confidence in the roster as it currently stands.

Trade talks involving the disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star reportedly are “mostly dormant,” per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. However, the Heat were said to be among the most aggressive suitors of Butler ever since his highly publicized trade demands. Reports have suggested that the T-Wolves’ asking price for Butler was far too rich for the Heat.

Things then reportedly took a turn for the worse during trade deliberations between the Heat and Timberwolves to such a severe degree that Riley was compelled to issue a statement denying he used an expletive during discussions with Tom Thibodeau.

“As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he’s accomplished in this league,” Riley said in a statement. “Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations.”

As things stand, it appears Butler will remain with the T-Wolves for the foreseeable future, despite it being an arguably untenable situation given all the ugliness that has transpired. Although Riley has given no indication that a potential trade for Butler is officially off the table at some point down the line.