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Tom Thibodeau's Job Not Currently In Jeopardy

Oct 17, 2018 9:52 AM

Glen Taylor was asked to assess how Tom Thibodeau has handled the Jimmy Butler situation. Thibodeau is entering his third year with the Wolves.

“Well, I’m OK with it,” Taylor said. “Initially, when Butler told [Thibodeau] he wanted to leave, you know Tom did everything he could to try to keep Jimmy here and I understand that. They have a close relationship.

“Thibs brought him here so that he would stay here. But eventually I think that in listening to Jimmy, Thibs and I are lined up on this. We need to be looking at a trade.”

Taylor was asked if Thibodeau is coaching for his job.

“No, no, the only thing now is that we are starting to play games and I am asking him to concentrate on coaching,” Taylor said. “GM Scott Layden will help to see if any trades are available.”

Taylor was also asked whether he's still happy he hired Thibodeau in 2016.

“Yes, yes, he is a good coach and I have faith in him,” he said.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Glen Taylor: It Is In Wolves' Interest To Trade Jimmy Butler

Oct 17, 2018 9:49 AM

Glen Taylor talked about his agreement with Jimmy Butler that he would play for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they attempt to fulfill his trade request.

Taylor was asked whether Butler could eventually remain with the Wolves and re-sign with the team in the offseason.

“That is not part of the plan, but as you know, things can change,” Taylor said. “But that is not what we have agreed to.”

Taylor said he's committed to trading Butler.

“Yes. I think [Butler has] made it very clear that he would not re-sign with us at the end of the year and therefore it is in our interest to get a trade so that we can get a player or two to replace him that helps our team,” Taylor said.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Glen Taylor Comes To Understanding With Jimmy Butler

Oct 15, 2018 10:15 AM

Glen Taylor met with Jimmy Butler on Sunday before practice and several days before the start of the season.

The two reached an agreement that Taylor would continue to work to find a trade of Butler that satisfies the Minnesota Timberwolves and that Butler will be a good teammate and will play hard until that happens.

Trade talks are currently believed to be dormant.

“They want me to go out here and hoop to the best of my abilities,” Butler said after practice on Sunday. “Make sure I’m healthy. Compete, ‘cause that’s what I love to do. Go up against the best, ‘cause that’s what I love to do. And do it for the guys that’s in the same jerseys as me.”

Taylor also addressed the team and was seen smiling and laughing with Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden after practice.

Thibodeau has supported Butler throughout the process. Several teams believe Thibodeau is not interested in trading Butler.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Expected To Play In Wolves' Regular Season Opener

Oct 14, 2018 5:51 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect Jimmy Butler to play in the team's regular season opener at the San Antonio Spurs.

Butler practiced with the Wolves on Sunday.

Trade talks concerning Butler between the Wolves and Miami Heat are dead for now.

Butler requested a trade from the Wolves before the start of training camp.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Not Trying To Re-Engage Wolves On Jimmy Butler Trade

Oct 12, 2018 11:35 PM

Pat Riley has formally denied a report that indicated he cursed out Tom Thibodeau at the end of their trade negotiations over Jimmy Butler.

"As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he’s accomplished in this league," Riley said of the Timberwolves coach and team president. "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..."

Multiple reports indicated the Heat nearly acquired Butler from the Wolves last week.

The Heat, according to a source familiar with the dealings, "are not trying to re-engage" in Butler the talks.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Report: Pat Riley Hung Up On Tom Thibodeau When Asked For More Assets

Oct 11, 2018 9:42 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat had basically agreed to a trade of Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and a protected first round pick.

The deal progressed to point of the two teams exchanging medical information, but Tom Thibodeau called the Heat back and asked for additional assets.

"Thibs called back and wanted more picks," said Jorge Sedano. "And Pat Riley, literally, I was told, called him a mother-bleeper and hung up the phone."

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Tags: Josh Richardson, Jimmy Butler, Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Calls Players-Only Meeting, Tells Teammates He's Prepared To Play With Them

Oct 11, 2018 2:40 PM

Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

Butler expressed his feelings toward his situation and about management as he continues to remain in limbo after his trade request.

Butler expressed to his teammates that he would complete with them as signs point to him remaining with the Wolves as the regular season begins.

The Wolves canceled practice on Thursday one day after Butler verbally challenged management and teammates during Wednesday's practice.

The Wolves came close to trading Butler to the Miami Heat last week before talks fell apart.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Returns To Practice, Verbally Challenges Coaches, Teammates

Oct 10, 2018 3:26 PM

Jimmy Butler participated in practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the front office.

Butler was reportedly vociferous and emotional at times in targeting Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

"You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me," Butler reportedly screamed at Layden.

Butler requested a trade before the start of training camp but the Wolves have been unable to find a trade to their satisfaction.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Seeking Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker From Rockets For Jimmy Butler

Oct 10, 2018 10:57 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reached out to the Houston Rockets about a possible Jimmy Butler trade on Tuesday after talks with the Miami Heat fell apart.

The Wolves have remained adamant on receiving both Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker from the Rockets.

Houston, so far, has refused to include Tucker in talks.

Tucker is entering the second season of a four-year, $32 million deal.

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Rejected Miami's Offer Of Josh Richardson, Protected Pick For Jimmy Butler

Oct 9, 2018 6:11 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves declined to accept a trade offer from the Miami Heat for Jimmy Butler that was centered on Josh Richardson and a protected first round pick.

With Butler requesting a trade, the trade package offered by Miami is considered very competitive.

Numerous teams have complained in recent days that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are acting like they really don’t want to make a deal.

But Glen Taylor reportedly has balked at moving forward with the trade with the Heat.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Josh Richardson, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Tilman Fertitta: Rockets Would Love To Have Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is a native of the Houston area.

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Jimmy Butler Reiterates Trade Request In Meeting With Tom Thibodeau
It remains unclear if Jimmy Butler will join the team in practice ahead of the season opener on Oct. 17 at San Antonio if he's not traded by then.

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Clippers Haven't Offered Tobias Harris To Wolves For Jimmy Butler
There are not currently any active talks between the Clippers and Wolves.

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Wolves' Front Office Considered Difficult To Engage With By Other Teams, Agents
Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired by the Wolves following the 16-17 season.

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Jimmy Butler Hasn't Wavered On Trade Request
Jimmy Butler is not expected to forfeit game checks once the season begins.

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Wolves, Heat Nearly Reach Deal On Jimmy Butler Before Talks Collapse
Minnesota had shared Jimmy Butler's medical information with Miami late in the week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers, Wolves Remain Engaged On Jimmy Butler Trade
Minnesota would prefer to acquire Tobias Harris in any deal involving Jimmy Butler.

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RealGM Radio: Chris Herring On Jimmy Butler And NBA Storylines
Host Danny Leroux and Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight catch up on an eventful time in the NBA, including Jimmy Butler's trade demand

RealGM Staff Report

Wolves Seeking Bam Adebayo, Josh Richardson, 2019 FRP From Heat For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has Miami on his preferred list of destinations.

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Jimmy Butler Won't Hold Out To Force Trade
The Wolves have been focused on trade talks with the Heat.

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Derrick Rose: Most Guys In My Position Would Have Retired
Derrick Rose spoke about the perspective he has on his career after establishing himself as an effective role player.

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Heat Considered Most Likely Destination For Jimmy Butler
Miami wants Jimmy Butler immediately and would be unable to pursue him in 2019 due to their lack of cap space.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tom Thibodeau Describes Jimmy Butler's Status As 'Fluid Situation'
Tom Thibodeau declined to say if he expected Jimmy Butler to join the Wolves before they execute a trade.

Chris Hine/Star Tribune

Jimmy Butler Skeptical Wolves Actually Searching For Trade
Jimmy Butler and his representatives have grown frustrated by how the Wolves have handled his trade talks.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tom Thibodeau Didn't Have Locker Room Issues Leak To Media In Past
Tom Thibodeau had hoped he could keep the team in place through the offseason and fix the issues at the start of camp.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

RealGM Staff Report

Wolves Continue To Seek Return For Jimmy Butler Beyond What Teams Offering
Sources are skeptical of Tom Thibodeau's desire to make a deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tom Thibodeau Ready To Honor Jimmy Butler's Trade Request
While Tom Thibodeau will attempt to trade Butler, he expects Jimmy Butler to honor his contract once he's healthy if he remains with Minnesota.

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Rockets Trying To Conceive Of Creative Trade Ideas For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is a native of the Houston area.

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Jimmy Butler Informs Wolves Of Preference To Be Dealt To Heat
Jimmy Butler initially had the Clippers, Knicks and Nets on his wish list.

Marc Stein/New York Times