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Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

A combative Jimmy Butler returned to practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and challenged his teammates and coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"You f-king need me", Butler screamed at a general manager who does not want to trade a star forward who pushed Minnesota to the playoffs last season. Which was probably part of Butler's goal (that and he is frustrated the deal isn't done, even though the timing of his declaration, September 18 right before camps opened, screwed Minnesota over).

Butler and his camp believe the Timberwolves' asking price for the 29-year-old star is too high, and that's why a deal hasn't been made yet.

Butler's preferred trade destination is the Miami Heat, but talks between the two sides have broken down.




"[Taylor] could have escaped his Butler nightmare by accepting a package from Miami that would have been headlined by the promising Heat swingman Josh Richardson and a protected first-round pick", Stein wrote in his latest mailbag column. The Heat remain the lone legitimate suitor for Butler as of Wednesday afternoon as the Timberwolves have reportedly "had no serious, active talks with any other team". He would become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would likely get a five-year maximum contract from interested suitors.

The good news for Minnesota is that Jimmy Butler attended a team practice on Wednesday. Tucker and were shot down fast (Houston does not want to put Tucker in a trade).

While the Butler saga seems to be dragging on, it's only been three weeks, as one GM pointed out to AmicoHoops.


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