Butler aggressively re-joins Wolves; Heat ready to talk trade

Associated Press

Associated Press

Butler met with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and requested to be traded from the organization before he begins his final season under contract in Minnesota.

Owner Glen Taylor has pushing president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden to find a deal sooner rather than later for Butler, league sources said.

So where do we stand in the Jimmy Butler trade saga seven days from opening night? And it looks like he's just getting started.

Disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler's emotional, profanity-laced tirade Wednesday was directed primarily at Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins - as well as members of the franchise's front office - during an unexpected practice session appearance, sources told Yahoo Sports. Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said.

When practice concluded, Butler stormed out of the facility and skipped stretching with the rest of his teammates, league sources said. Even though Butler desperately wants a trade, the Timberwolves could also be hoping that he simply gives up and decides to play out the 2018-19 season in Minnesota. "You can't win without me, '" ESPN reported, citing sources.

"At one point during the scrimmage, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, 'You (bleeping) need me". He dominated the gym in every way.

Butler participated in multiple intrasquad scrimmages, where he joined the bench units against the starters and went out of his way to challenge the team's two young stars, Towns and Wiggins, league sources said.

"Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks with any other team", ESPN reported in a separate story.

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