Jimmy Butler had promised scandalous practice if Tom Thibodeau didn’t trade him soon
The scene that played out in the Minnesota Timberwolves practice floor once estranged star forward Jimmy Butler rejoined his teammates was actually the delivery of a promise the All-Star had made head coach/president Tom Thibodeau, who insisted in keeping him on the roster, despite his several requests for a trade, according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Butler; ever the big, bad wolf of a team comprised of mere kittens, marched into the practice floor, saying this loud and clear: “Y’all better hurry up, I’m only here for an hour.”
That hour would go on to be an absolute murder of the starters’ egos, as Butler took the third-stringers with him and won against the talent-filled lineup of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during an hour-long scrimmage, a practice that will be surely stapled as legend for years to come.
“The whole scene played out just as he promised it would if ever the Wolves decided to ask him to return to practice and return to the team that he wants no part of playing for any longer.
In a meeting on Monday, Butler told Thibodeau this is how it would go, sources said. He wasn’t going to sit by and be quiet and have his desires ignored. Butler had also made clear that he wanted to sit down to discuss several issues with Towns, including the timing of his contract signing, as a means to challenge the young center about being up front and honest, league sources said. It is unclear if that meeting has taken place.”
Jimmy Butler would later leave to do a pre-arranged interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols about the entire drama surrounding the last three weeks and the consequent, yet short-lived return to practice with his teammates.
In the interview, Butler’s sorry I’m not sorry approach was quite clear, merely delivering in his promise to bring hell and fury to the practice floor after the front office’s wishy-washy approach, despite initial interest from nearly half of the league.
That has now been narrowed down to three teams — the L.A. Clippers, Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat, with the latter being the constant pursuers for his services after several remodeled packages to get a trade done.
The latest of them, involving prized three-and-D talent Josh Richardson, stalled talks over the weekend, but the Heat have since rekindled trade conversations, despite Minnesota’s readiness to keep Butler into the regular season.