With no trade in sight, Jimmy Butler will start the season with the Minnesota Timberwolves when opening night comes.

Head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau has reportedly informed players that a Butler deal could occur some time after the season begins. The Timberwolves’ season officially gets underway on the road against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday October 17.

Butler met with Thibodeau on Monday where he reiterated that he wants to be traded.

While he has stayed away from the team during the preseason, Butler has reportedly stayed in contact with many Timberwolves players, including Jeff Teague, Josh Okogie and former Chicago Bull teammate Taj Gibson.

Miami is still the favourite to land Butler even though talks between the teams broke down over the weekend. But, there is another team that is very interested in landing Butler.

Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets, has said he “would love” to add the All-Star to his squad, though, what Minnesota is asking for is where the conversation on a deal ends.

The Timberwolves’ asking price has been the major obstacle in any deal. This past weekend along, a deal was virtually done but the deal with the Miami Heat fell apart when the team tried to increase its return at the very last moment with a new demand.

Houston is coming off the best season in franchise history, leading the league with 65 wins and taking the Golden State Warriors to a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

Even though Butler wants out of Minnesota, Fertitta’s remarks could cause some problems with the league office. The NBA penalized the Los Angeles Lakers in the past for breaking the league’s anti-tampering rules. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka drew a half a million dollar fine for making contact with then-Indiana Pacers star Paul George, and team president Magic Johnson picked up an additional $50,000 fine for making flattering comments about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Either way, don’t expect a trade to happen before October 17 unless a team finally ponies up a massive offer, otherwise a trade will likely get done in the middle of the season.