Jimmy Butler Erupted With Mean-Spirited Trash Talk At Timberwolves Practice

Aubrey Yates
October 10, 2018

Butler has requested a trade from the Timberwolves and reportedly prefers to play for the Heat.

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. There have been a flood of rumors on Butler's National Basketball Association future since his initial trade request including contradictory reports coming from within the Minnesota front office.

Apparently, a deal can't come soon enough for Butler.

Barring a change in the dwindling trade market between now and the season opener in San Antonio on October 17, the Timberwolves are making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster, league sources said...

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As stated before, not only would fans be mad, but there are certain players on the Wolves that would potentially riot over Butler coming back to the forefront of the Wolves' starting lineup. Wojnarowski reports that the Heat are still interested in restarting talks with Minnesota to acquire Butler, who is entering the final year of his contract and plans to leave in free agency if not traded.

So where do we stand in the Jimmy Butler trade saga seven days from opening night? The Athletic made the outlook of a trade sound grim, however. Butler was at Target Center to meet with Thibodeau on Tuesday - the four-time All-Star again made it clear he wants out - and on Wednesday he took the court and reportedly made a lot of noise.

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.

"Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks with any other team", ESPN reported in a separate story. Since then, he hadn't reported to Wolves practice or participated in preseason games until Wednesday. "You can't win without me".

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