Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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'Motherf--ker': The reason why Jimmy Butler trade talks imploded

'Motherf--ker': The reason why Jimmy Butler trade talks imploded

Butler was not with the Timberwolves in Milwaukee as they prepared for their final preseason game, head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed Friday morning at shootaround.

Thibodeau had this to say about Butler's comments on Towns and Wiggins: "To me, like they're young guys improving, this is a team sport".

Jimmy Butler's relationship with the Minnesota Timberwolves can best be described as complicated. "It was always a good competition, and at the end of the practice everybody shook up and we still understood we were teammates".

Kevin Garnett never has been one to mince words. "Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations, but I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to ..."

So essentially Tom Thibodeau has frustrated some of the biggest names in sports to the point where they can not find better adjectives to describe Thibs besides using curse words.


Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after a morning shootaround that Butler remained in Minneapolis to "work on his conditioning". "It's not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk".

Thibodeau said some of what was reported in the aftermath of the practice was incorrect, but he declined to elaborate.

"That's the challenge of the NBA", Thibodeau said. Everything is really public now, as Garnett states, so the only possible scenario we can envision happening here is that Jimmy Butler gets traded before the season starts in four days. "The biggest job of a leader, in my eyes, is to unite and inspire". The way you confront is important, but if you do confront, don't beat down.

Wiggins was not with the team Friday because his girlfriend is expecting a baby.

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