Butler aggressively re-joins Wolves; Heat ready to talk trade

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2018

Jimmy Butler participated in practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the front office.

Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting president/coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, league sources said.

"You (bleeping) need me".

The frenemies played Wednesday for the first time this offseason - Butler has been missing from training camp - in a session that reportedly included him teaming with the third-stringers to beat the starters and a verbal assault on Layden, the former Knicks GM.

Butler had not practiced with the team since September 25 when training camp started.

Jimmy Butler rejoined the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Here an update on the trade situation: Talks between the Timberwolves and Heat broke down over the weekend - because Miami felt Minnesota altered the deal, of course, that may just be part of a lot of different, competing agendas in the front office.

With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.

Minnesota and Miami were in the "11th hour" of trade talks, according to Wojnarowski, but the deal fell apart as the Timberwolves "pushed late for a sweeter return" in a potential trade. Butler is said to prefer the Heat over all other potential destinations.

Butler, an upcoming free agent in 2019, returned to the Timberwolves for practice Wednesday even though he's continued pushing the franchise to trade him elsewhere.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets also haven't given up on the idea of landing Butler in a trade, according to multiple sources and reports.

Butler doesn't seem content burning bridges with the organization.

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