Butler Returns to Wolves Practice, Screams at General Manager

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The bad news is he reportedly was acting out. "You can't win without me, '" ESPN reported, citing sources.

"At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me".

The most talked-about National Basketball Association star over the past month left his teammates speechless.

Jimmy Butler arrived in Minnesota to join the Timberwolves and begin preparations for the regular season today.

Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said. He dominated the gym in every way.

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Neither Towns nor Wiggins confronted Butler at any point, league sources said. Some in league circles have strongly suggested the drama between Butler and Towns was real and centered on a woman.

Butler's trade could be extended until the trade deadline in February or just not happen at all if this front office and ownership continue putting up a stubborn front.

His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. The Heat and president Pat Riley were "as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade", per Wojnarowski. Apparently, the Timberwolves think the Houston Rockets are the type of team that is willing to take this risk, because a report from Stefano Fusaro of ESPN indicates they reached out to their fellow Western Conference organization this week.

Three days after the initial trade negotiations fell apart, Miami has not given up in its pursuit of Butler, according to Wojnarowski. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class.

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