Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Jimmy Butler misses Timberwolves shootaround amid trade demands

'Motherf--ker': The reason why Jimmy Butler trade talks imploded Leader of the pack: Butler's antics receive Thibodeau's stamp of approval (with video)
Sidney Guerrero | 13 October, 2018, 06:41

As word of Jimmy Butler's expletive-laden return to Timberwolves practice this week started to spread, those steeped in this franchise's basketball lore found it eerily similar to the days when Kevin Garnett prowled Target Center with a foul-mouthed fury and a never-ending lather.

"I don't know if he had the power to come out and force a trade like this".

The Timberwolves are believed to be asking for several of the Heat's most valuable assets: Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and a first-round pick. Thibodeau has said any deal must be in the best interest of the Timberwolves. Butler reportedly had told Thibodeau in a meeting the day before that he would practice but made it clear what his approach would be.

"It's not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk", Thibodeau said. "I never asked for a trade because I never wanted to be traded". "You're always striving for it to be as good as possible".

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According to a report from ESPN, the Miami Heat were very close to landing the disgruntled four-time All-Star in a blockbuster trade over the weekend - but an additional request from the Timberwolves caused the deal to fall through. Whether we like Eric Gordon or not, unless the team decides to keep a frustrated $20 million dollar man on board a sinking ship.

Butler was brought to Minnesota prior to last season to reunite with Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach, and bring leadership to a young team.

"The biggest job of a leader, in my eyes, is to unite and inspire", Thibodeau said. And it's OK to confront - that's not an issue.

Wiggins was not with the team Friday because his girlfriend is expecting a baby.

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