Jimmy Butler's epic T-wolves return: 'F--king need me'

Associated Press

Earlier this year, the Sun-Times reported that Butler and Celtics star Kyrie Irving had discussed partnering up in free agency next year.

ESPN's Amin Elhassan said on "The Jump" Wednesday afternoon that Butler led the team's third-stringers in a scrimmage against their starters - and beat them.

Despite the fact that we keep inching closer and closer to the start of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, the Minnesota Timberwolves still have not accommodated Jimmy Butler's trade request.

Minnesota's star swingman, who has been at odds with the organization for almost a month, requested a trade from the Timberwolves on September 19.

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 Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets also haven't given up on the idea of landing Butler in a trade, according to multiple sources and reports.




He reportedly "verbally challenged" his teammates, as well as the Timberwolves' coaching staff and front office. Thibodeau had been urging Butler to rejoin the team while team owner Glen Taylor knows Butler has to go.

As the Miami Heat continue to push for a trade that would bring Jimmy Butler to Miami, Butler returned to Timberwolves practice on Wednesday.

With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday. A potential trade with Miami stalled late last week.

In what may be a good sign for the Wolves, though, Wojnarowski reported via Twitter that Butler practiced with the team today.

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