Jimmy Butler practiced with the Timberwolves today, league sources tell ESPN.
All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in Minnesota's practice, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office, league sources told ESPN. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins. Story soon on ESPN.
At one point, Butler turned to Layden and yelled, “You f—ing need me! You can’t win without me!” leaving teammates and coaches speechless.
At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me." Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless. He dominated the gym in every way. Jimmy's back.
Teammate Anthony Tolliver told reporters that Butler was "around," after pausing to think about his answer. It's clear that this entire episode is draining for everyone involved.
Anthony Tolliver on Butler practicing: "He was ... around. That's really all I gotta say about that.
Butler has communicated several times that he wants to be traded. Unfortunately, the would-be deal between the Timberwolves and Miami Heat flopped over the weekend just before it was completed. However, Heat are still looking to make that deal happen.