Jimmy Butler had plenty to say at the Timberwolves' practice Wednesday.
Jimmy Butler's first practice back with the Timberwolves since his trade demand apparently wasn't short on drama. ESPN added that "Butler was vociferous and emotional at times", with his comments directed at president/coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden, center Karl-Anthony Towns and swingman Andrew Wiggins.
It would be in the Timberwolves' best interest to trade Butler if they can't convince him to return. And it looks like he's just getting started. Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said.
Butler's trade could be extended until the trade deadline in February or just not happen at all if this front office and ownership continue putting up a stubborn front.
"At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me, '" ESPN reported, citing sources".
Butler wasn't made available to the media after Wednesday's practice, his first since he asked to be traded. He dominated the gym in every way.
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Butler showed up to practice late and subbed himself into the scrimmage on the third team to go against the starting group, league sources said.
With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.
Information from ESPN's Chris Herring was used in this report.
While these rumors sound fantastic for the Timberwolves moving forward, a trade with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets now seems (close to) void. He would become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would likely get a five-year maximum contract from interested suitors.
Butler has been in contact with a few teammates over the past few weeks, including point guard Jeff Teague.