Jimmy Butler is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and nobody associated with the team is in a good position because of it. The Timberwolves are still trying to prove to the world they have the leverage, yet their leverage in now dwindling and their rank amongst dumpster fire franchises is rapidly rising.

There is no justification to why the Timberwolves have not moved the disgruntled star. They turned down satisfying offers from both the Rockets and Heat that may not be available as the season goes on. The value for a team trading for an impending unrestricted free agent who has not stated he will re-sign goes down each and every night of the NBA season.

At this point for the Heat, just inserting Butler as a rental into a lineup that is clearly flawed is not going to result in anything worth trading Josh Richardson for. The Rockets were offering four first-round picks, but as Marc Stein reports, Minnesota do not want to send him there. Maybe foolishly settling for a worse offer from another team is the plan? What makes this situation with Houston even more of a mess, if Minnesota comes to their senses and wants to work with the Rockets, there is no guarantee they will be offering all those picks in the near future. It is becoming more and more apparent that the Rockets have fallen far below the Warriors’ level. They may just re-think sacrificing their future for a one-year rental the way things are going.

And the Rockets and Heat are not alone. If the Timberwolves are hoping some team close to the trading deadline is going to feel they are close enough to the Warriors they will give up significant pieces for Butler, they once again are not living in reality.