Jimmy Butler Swore At Timberwolves GM, Challenged Teammates At Heated Practice

Annette Crawford
October 10, 2018

He reportedly "verbally challenged" his teammates, as well as the Timberwolves' coaching staff and front office. But with the regular season less than a week away, and Butler still on the team, he reported Wednesday to begin practicing.

The Miami Heat had made progress in trade talks with Minnesota last week and were pushing the Wolves to accept a revised trade offer for Butler, but proposed changes from Minnesota created a "breakdown" in negotiations, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

According to ESPN's Amin Elhassan, Butler even led the third-stringers to a victory against the starters during a scrimmage.

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.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday.


Butler met with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and requested to be traded from the organization before he begins his final season under contract in Minnesota.

Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said.

Butler was vociferous and intense throughout scrimmage sessions, targeting president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and teammates, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, league sources said. These probably aren't the actions teams that have interest in him, either via trade or when he's a free agent next summer, want to see.

That's at least, what an intelligent and well-thought out franchise would do.

Time will tell in Minnesota.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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