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Report: Mavs interested in trading for Jimmy Butler. What would they have to give up?

Dallas Mavericks' Devin Harris (34) guards Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 97-92.
Dallas Mavericks' Devin Harris (34) guards Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 97-92. AP

The Mavericks want to to trade for Jimmy Butler.

They are not alone.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Mark Cuban’s franchise, along with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, are interested in acquiring the star forward from the Timberwolves.

But what would it take to bring Butler to Dallas?

Right now, it’s unknown. Although, the Mavericks are up against the NBA salary cap (per spotrac.com).

So, while fans would probably like to see Wesley Matthews and his hefty cap hit walk out the door, the front office would almost certainly need to send a real asset back Minnesota’s way.

Forbes.com has a solid breakdown of the financial particulars here.

The Timberwolves would probably want that asset to be either forward Harrison Barnes or second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle took some time out before the team's game against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 22, 2018 to visit with 7-year-old Gabe Jacobs, a guest of Mavs forward Dwight Powell.

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