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Part of his message to them was that he will continue to compete with them if he's still with the team next week.

"I think that I was honest". He said he was "brutally honest", which he doesn't consider to be a bad thing. Strangely, the Timberwolves cancelled practice Thursday and did not make any players, coaches or members of management available to the media.

Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday. The All-Star forward's return to the team included "verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office executives" and a scrimmage in which Butler led third-stringers against the team's starters, according to ESPN.

"I think that Jimmy is obviously a fantastic player". All my emotion came out in one time.


Who knows. The situation took a very uncomfortable turn on Wednesday when Butler opted to show up at Timberwolves practice and create a massive scene.

"I learned from a very early age, don't focus on that stuff because that will ultimately distract you", Tolliver said. Butler had been away from the team while the Wolves were in California for a preseason bonding trip.

At one point, Butler screamed at Layden: "You (bleeping) need me, Scott". Butler has told Minnesota that he'll leave in free agency in July - and wants a trade now. That's why they made that draft-night trade with the Bulls a year ago.

The feeling in Chicago was that Butler's game stopped growing three, four years ago, as his head grew ever larger. Minnesota moved to amend the framework of the trade and talks collapsed on Saturday, league sources said. A deal that would've shipped him to the Heat almost came to fruition over the weekend, but those talks fell apart despite the Heat's efforts to build a package around young players and draft picks.


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