Amin Elhassan reported on ESPN's "The Jump" that Butler joined the Wolves' third-team players and beat the other starters in a scrimmage. 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.
Wednesday's episode only added to an already embarrassing ordeal that has dragged on because of Thibodeau's unwillingness to move Butler, which has made an uneasy situation more hard.
The first reports of serious negotiations arose in the first week of October.
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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. The Rockets also engaged in Butler trade talks, but have thus far been unwilling to trade forward P.J. Tucker.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday. Butler with Thibodeau met once again in hopes of being traded. According to Krawczyinski, Minnesota is "making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster".
Jimmy Butler has had a big day.
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Butler participated in drills and scrimmaged with Timberwolves, sources said.
Throughout the practice, Butler verbally bashed Towns, Wiggins, president of basketball operations/coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, league sources said. "You can't win without me", Butler reportedly screamed at Layden. While the Miami Heat are first on his list of landing spots, the Houston, Texas native has been part of numerous trade conversations, but no agreement has been reached.
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