Jimmy Butler Practiced With The Wolves While His Trade Saga Continues

Jimmy Butler Practiced With The Wolves While His Trade Saga Continues

Jimmy Butler Practiced With The Wolves While His Trade Saga Continues

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.

Butler reportedly told the Timberwolves he wants to be traded by Friday.

Butler requested a trade before the start of training camp but the Wolves have been unable to find a trade to their satisfaction.

Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless, the report also states.

It would be in the Timberwolves' best interest to trade Butler if they can't convince him to return.


Either way, Butler had previously refused Thibodeau's request to re-join the team, according to multiple reports from The Athletic.

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

The Heat and Timberwolves were close on a trade that would have sent Josh Richardson, another player and other assets to Minnesota, but the deal feel apart at the last minute. 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. According to ESPN's Stefano Fusaro, the Timberwolves reportedly asked for Tucker and shooting guard Eric Gordon in a trade involving the 29-year old guard. He would become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would likely get a five-year maximum contract from interested suitors.

In what may be a good sign for the Wolves, though, Wojnarowski reported via Twitter that Butler practiced with the team today.

Butler doesn't seem content burning bridges with the organization. The two teams had shared Butler's medical information but a deal didn't come together even with the urging of Taylor.

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