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Jimmy Butler explains emotional outburst in return to practice

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Andrew Wong | 11 October, 2018, 03:57

"Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return on the four-time All-Star, league sources said".

Earlier this year, the Sun-Times reported that Butler and Celtics star Kyrie Irving had discussed partnering up in free agency next year.

Wojnarowski reported that during practice Butler verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the Wolves' front office, specifically targeting Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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As the GM watched on the sidelines during a scrimmage, sources said that Butler yelled to Layden: "You f--ing need me, Scott". Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said.

Jimmy Butler had plenty to say at the Timberwolves' practice Wednesday. He dominated the gym in every way.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler participated in drills and scrimmaged.

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Neither Towns nor Wiggins confronted Butler at any point, league sources said.

Are we to expect that the Wolves will just trade him anyways?

With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit. Yesterday, Butler reportedly informed Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau that he still wants to be traded, per The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski. Apparently, the Timberwolves think the Houston Rockets are the type of team that is willing to take this risk, because a report from Stefano Fusaro of ESPN indicates they reached out to their fellow Western Conference organization this week. Most other teams, it seems, are merely monitoring the Butler news and have removed themselves from the running for the time being.

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Butler has been in contact with a few teammates over the past few weeks, including point guard Jeff Teague.

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