Jimmy Butler explains emotional outburst in return to practice

Jimmy Butler explains emotional outburst in return to practice

Disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler's emotional, profanity-laced tirade Wednesday was directed primarily at Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins - as well as members of the franchise's front office - during an unexpected practice session appearance, sources told Yahoo Sports.

"You can't win without me", Butler reportedly yelled at general manager Scott Layden at one point.

The saga surrounding Jimmy Butler's desire to be traded has drenched the Minnesota Timberwolves in doubt and constant questioning surrounding their best player, who has yet to show up to training camp or play in any preseason games. While the Miami Heat are first on his list of landing spots, the Houston, Texas native has been part of numerous trade conversations, but no agreement has been reached. "Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless".

Minnesota and Miami advanced to the brink of a blockbuster trade for Butler over the weekend - only for the deal to fracture before completion, sources said.

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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. Yesterday, Butler reportedly informed Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau that he still wants to be traded, per The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.

Are we to expect that the Wolves will just trade him anyways? He dominated the gym in every way. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class.

ESPN's Amin Elhassan said on "The Jump" Wednesday afternoon that Butler led the team's third-stringers in a scrimmage against their starters - and beat them. Most other teams, it seems, are merely monitoring the Butler news and have removed themselves from the running for the time being.

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