Monday, 22 October, 2018

Jimmy Butler to ESPN: I was 'brutally honest' with Wolves

'You can't win without me' Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves
Eugene Bates | 12 October, 2018, 02:17

Butler, who asked for a trade more than three weeks ago, practiced with the Timberwolves for the first time this season in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Butler called a players-only meeting on Thursday to express his feelings about his current situation to his teammates.

Butler: "I think that I was honest". I'm going to be honest, if your number one priority isn't winning, people can tell.

Butler requested a trade during the off-season - and hasn't gotten it - and went wild at practice this week in an apparent statement to the coaches, players, GM and owner.

The report also stated that several players spoke up during the meeting, but that it was mainly Butler doing the talking.

In free agency next offseason, Butler could be eligible to sign a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Timberwolves or any team he's traded to. "I don't think it's distracting me, but maybe it is distracting some other guys".

Butler showed up to practice late and just subbed himself into the scrimmage on the third team to go against the starting group, league sources said.

Everything about Jimmy Butler's return to the Minnesota Timberwolves has been insane. If you didn't like the way I handled myself in practice, one of the players come up to me. Butler had been away from the team while the Wolves were in California for a preseason bonding trip. That's why they made that draft-night trade with the Bulls a year ago. Minnesota moved to amend the framework of the trade and talks collapsed on Saturday, league sources said. Minnesota would be wise to trade Butler before the opener to avoid this distraction from becoming a potential season-derailing issue.

A proposed deal between the Heat and Wolves fell apart over the weekend, but there has been hope among the Minnesota front office, coaching staff and some teammates that Butler would rejoin the team.

Just one portion which certainly stood out was Butler telling Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden "You f-ing need me, Scott".

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