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Heat-76ers Sign-and-Trade Deal for Jimmy Butler on Hold Due to Wild Miscommunication With Mavericks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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One of the blockbuster moves during Day 1 of NBA free agency hit a snag.

The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would send Jimmy Butler to South Beach, but Pat Riley needed a third team to get in on the action to clear some salary.

The Dallas Mavericks were on board, but according to reports, there was a miscommunication regarding the players they would receive from the Heat, and now the Butler deal is on hold until another team agrees to get in the mix.

In an inexplicable turn of events, the Mavs were under the impression they'd be getting Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. from the Heat in this deal, but Miami thought Goran Dragic would be headed to Dallas, considering he's the guy they need to move to make the financials work. The Heat also don't want to trade Jones Jr., so we're really unsure how we got here.

How does this miscommunication happen? There's nothing here that suggests there should've been any confusion, especially given the players each team thought would be on the move.

Then again, we're dealing with Mark Cuban and Pat Riley here. These guys are always trying to outsmart the competition, but it looks like their strategies repelled one another.