"Owner Glen Taylor has pushed president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden to find a deal sooner rather than later for Butler, league sources said".
A quote from Anthony Tolliver about Butler's presence at practice says all you need to know about the matter. "You can't win without me", Butler reportedly screamed at Layden. 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. 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 participated in drills and scrimmaged with Timberwolves, sources said.
It was speculated that Karl-Anthony Towns signed his max extension because Jimmy Butler was getting the boot, and now he's practicing with the team?
With Minnesota's ower prepared to move on from his disgruntled All-Star, Miami emerged as the first legitimate suitor for Butler. "Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless". He dominated the gym in every way.
His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. 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 told ESPN. He would become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would likely get a five-year maximum contract from interested suitors. Most other teams, it seems, are merely monitoring the Butler news and have removed themselves from the running for the time being.