Jimmy Butler returned to Timberwolves practice and reportedly yelled at everyone

Kristopher Nichols
October 11, 2018

Butler has demanded a trade but Thibodeau has reportedly continued to beg him to stay and a near deal with Miami over the weekend fell apart when the Wolves asked for more. Yesterday, Butler reportedly informed Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau that he still wants to be traded, per The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.

Butler participated in drills and scrimmaged with Timberwolves, sources said.

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.

Minnesota's star swingman, who has been at odds with the organization for almost a month, requested a trade from the Timberwolves on September 19.

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

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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.

Jimmy Butler just returned. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class. Owner Glen Taylor has been adamant about getting Jimmy Butler out of Minnesota and instead of following those orders weeks ago, Thibs has let Butler back on the court.

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

While these rumors sound fantastic for the Timberwolves moving forward, a trade with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets now seems (close to) void.

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