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Jimmy Butler returned to Timberwolves practice and reportedly yelled at everyone

Jimmy Butler returned to Timberwolves practice and reportedly yelled at everyone

Jimmy Butler still hasn't been traded, weeks after requesting that the Timberwolves find him a new home. Teams angling to trade for the mercurial star should be happy after today's possibly staged outburst because the Timberwolves clearly lost leverage in negotiations.

Not only that, but ESPN and Minnesota's own Jon Krawczynski have reported that the whole interview process and the out-of-control Butler at practice was 'orchestrated'. Since the Timberwolves seemingly lose leverage by the day, the Lakers may be able to acquire Butler while still holding onto one of Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram, but would he allow them to grow into the players they could be given patience? Towns and Wiggins were said to not have exhibited a strong reaction, but other Minnesota players were described as alternately "energized", "mesmerized" and "distraught" at what they were witnessing.

ESPN reports that Butler yelled at teammates and front office people during the session, screaming at GM Scott Layden "You (bleeping) need me".

The Heat and president Pat Riley were "as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade", per Wojnarowski. Minnesota moved to amend the framework of the trade and talks collapsed on Saturday, league sources said.

"If he's around, then he'll play". Either way, man, I love Jimmy. He chalked it up to not having played basketball in a while and everything just bubbling to the surface.

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Thibodeau and Wolves players have downplayed any potential distraction caused in training camp by the team's ongoing stalemate with Butler. "So, whenever you're thinking about how to beat around the point when I ask you 'is this water?' and you say 'Well, it's not fruit punch, ' well obviously, but you know that that answer is water".

"It wasn't a week before", Butler told ESPN. They don't want to win, according to Butler. He's right: Towns is more talented.

If Butler is telling the truth, Thibodeau looks even worse than he did previously, if that's possible.

Butler worked his way to the top the hard way.

"I think we had a good practice", Teague said, "but we've got some ways to go".


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