Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts in the second half during Game Five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on April 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
Trade talks involving Jimmy Butler have been an issue for Minnesota for weeks now.Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said.
Miami had softened on including guard Josh Richardson in versions of a possible deal for Butler, only to recoil once Minnesota pushed late for a sweeter return on the four-time All-Star, league sources said. His impasse with the Timberwolves is now in its fourth week, starting when he told coach Tom Thibodeau before training camp that he wants to be traded. I'm being honest with you.
Butler said he remained in touch with Thibodeau throughout the summer and never backed away from what he had told him.
It got to the point where the noted Boston sports zealot was publicly lobbying the Celtics to trade for Butler.
Butler created a media circus yesterday when he caused a scene at Minnesota's practice and then immediately sat down for an interview with ESPN which he had set up.
"It's not about money", Butler said. He reportedly called some of his teammates "soft" and took third-string players and beat the starters during a scrimmage.
He said the fact he showed up to practice on Wednesday doesn't mean he's happy.
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported Wednesday via Twitter that Wolves forward Anthony Tolliver said the following about Butler: "He was. around". "I think we trade it for a great player". I'm just focused on myself, focused on the guys who are here. "Whenever opening night happens, we'll go out there and play with who we've got".