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Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

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Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2018, 00:00

It is unclear if Butler made his full-time return to the Timberwolves season or just proved a point of some kind in the practice.

The Timberwolves reportedly were close to making a trade with the Miami Heat during recent talks, but the deal fell apart. There have been a flood of rumors on Butler's National Basketball Association future since his initial trade request including contradictory reports coming from within the Minnesota front office. At times, Butler has been working out away from the team at the facility since his trade request three weeks ago.He was with his teammates in the locker room at the team's practice facility Wednesday morning, league sources said. These probably aren't the actions teams that have interest in him, either via trade or when he's a free agent next summer, want to see. Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said.

"[Taylor] could have escaped his Butler nightmare by accepting a package from Miami that would have been headlined by the promising Heat swingman Josh Richardson and a protected first-round pick", Stein wrote in his latest mailbag column.

Butler met with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and requested to be traded from the organization before he begins his final season under contract in Minnesota. The Athletic made the outlook of a trade sound grim, however. That can all change with one phone call, but the Timberwolves are moving forward as if there will be no deal before the start of the season. Butler verbally attacked Thibodeau and generally manager Scott Layden per Wojnarowski, reportedly telling Layden during a scrimmage, "You f--ing need me".

Butler showed up for his first practice of the preseason on Wednesday, and he didn't exactly opt to blend in with his Timberwolves' teammates.