Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Where do things stand with Jimmy Butler's trade request?

Where do things stand with Jimmy Butler's trade request?

Jimmy Butler, reporting to Timberwolves practice Wednesday, participated in a team scrimmage in which he challenged his teammates, coaches and Minnesota's front office, according to an ESPN report, including a memorable outburst directed at GM Scott Layden. But I think that's the problem. I was completely honest about everything. The Timberwolves had canceled Thursday's practice after Wednesday's heated scene.

"I think that Jimmy is obviously a fantastic player". Butler reiterated what he reportedly said in his explosive practice Wednesday: That he runs the show. "All my emotion came out at one time". Yesterday, Butler reportedly informed Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau that he still wants to be traded, per The Athletic's Shams Charania and Krawczynski. That's raw me - me at my finest, me at my purest - that's what you're gonna get inside the lines.

It is unclear if Butler made his full-time return to the Timberwolves season or just proved a point of some kind in the practice. Butler had been away from the team while the Wolves were in California for a preseason bonding trip.

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Alas, it was not to be: In a draft-night deal, the Bulls traded Butler to the Timberwolves in June 2017 in a move that apparently has not been "good for him". A potential trade with Miami stalled late last week. Most of the players knew the invectives were directed at Towns and Wiggins, league sources said. "The NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement heavily penalizes players who hold out, and could even have prevented Butler from being able to reach free agency in 2019 if he missed enough games, so that was never really a viable option". The Miami Heat and Timberwolves talked about a potential trade but recent talks fell apart.

Wojnarowski reports that Butler at one point screamed at Layden, telling him, "You [expletive] need me".

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