Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

'You can't win without me'

Butler's preferred trade destination is the Miami Heat, but talks between the two sides have broken down.

It didn't take long for Jimmy Butler to create major drama at Minnesota Timberwolves practice Wednesday, and it's grabbed plenty of headlines.

Anthony Tolliver, who's been on nine teams in 10 seasons, said that he's never witnessed anything quite like the Butler situation during his time in the league, but he insisted that it's not a distraction for him. He talked trash to the young Wolves and the old Wolves, spewed venom toward head coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, as ESPN first reported.

The saga of disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler shows no sign of ending with the start of the National Basketball Association season less than a week away. We aren't burning his jersey, but we are calling it like it is, just as Butler has said he likes to do with his teammates and his coaches. Butler reportedly turned to Layden during the scrimmage and screamed "you (bleeping) need me".

Towns then huddled the players up with a message centered on everyone keeping their emotions in check, league sources said.

Jimmy Butler rejoined the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Whenever opening night happens, we'll go out there and play with who we've got". I play hard. I put my body [on the line] every day in practice, every day in games.

"Who plays the hardest? Me!" That's my passion. Everybody leads in different ways.

"I'm not the most talented player on the team", Butler said. "You can't win without me". As long as he stays with Minnesota, though, Butler seems nearly certain to stage more displays such as what unfolded Wednesday, if only to try to show up other members of the organization he feels aren't giving their all.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Manchester United and Liverpool to make move for Arsenal star
In slipping to defeat, Fulham remain in 17th place with just one win since their return to the top flight. United's last scoop for an Arsenal player in the January transfer window did not go particularly well.

International Monetary Fund chief defends Beijing from currency manipulation claims
The minister said that Pakistan will have to take tough decisions to fix the economy. "Where we are now is we've gotten some bad news".

Second Sergei Skripal 'poisoner' identified as Russian military doctor
Speaking on Russian TV last month, that suspect said he was a civilian who had visited Salisbury as a tourist. Bellingcat last month identified Boshirov as a colonel in the GRU whose real name was Anatoliy Chepiga.

Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site
Pompeo arrived in China from North Korea and said he wanted to inform Yi about his meeting with the North Korean leader. US officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

Other news