Jimmy Butler Returns To Practice: "You Can't Win Without Me"

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2018

Minnesota was reportedly willing to trade Butler to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, but the Rockets were unwilling to part with PJ Tucker.

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. However, Woj reports that Butler was verbally challenging teammates, coaches and the front office. That said, sources say other teams feel Thibodeau doesn't have his heart in making a trade and that is the real coare problem - Thibs wants to get the band back together and win games, and owner Glen Taylor isn't coming in strong enough to force a deal to get done.

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... Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said. The Heat reportedly pushed the Timberwoles to "accept a revised offer" for Butler with a deal potentially centered around center Bam Adebayo, guard Josh Richardson and a first-round pick. Could we see a blockbuster trade? The Athletic made the outlook of a trade sound grim, however. However, questions remain over whether a deal will come to fruition before the season begins.

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Jimmy Butler rejoined the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the details of the wild scene at T-Wolves practice.

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