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Jimmy Butler Says He Only Took One Shot During Infamous Timberwolves Practice

Dec 11, 2018 7:09 PM

Jimmy Butler revealed that he only took one shot in the now-famous Timberwolves practice in which he verbally challenged teammates and team executives while running the table with end of the bench players.

He said he dominated the scrimmage with "dimes, boom, boom, boom. Steals, blocks. I only shot the ball one time".

Butler says he was riled up by an unnamed person trying to force him to practice with the starters. He originally told Tom Thibodeau that he didn't want to play because he was only going to try to "prove a point".

"I was on one," Butler added.

He described the sequence, saying he was "yapping. I always talk anyways, I'm always talking about how someone can't guard me...that's what I do. This time it was just a little bit different because of whose team I was on, and I ain't been around, so it was just like taken up a notch. And it didn't help who was watching...in ownership, management, all of that good stuff."

He said he hoped that details from the practice gave him a reputation as a player who "wants to win at all costs".

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Jimmy Butler Calls Being With 76ers 'Night And Day' Difference

Nov 19, 2018 8:50 AM

Jimmy Butler is relieved to be with the Philadelphia 76ers following his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Night and day,” Butler said of his new situation.

Butler's contract situation and an indifference toward Minnesota's roster is what led to his trade request.

“Ben [Simmons] sees the game steps ahead, and Joel [Embiid] is a monster inside. So I’m envisioning what we can be,” Butler said.

“We learned a lot from our series against the Celtics, and we felt we needed Jimmy,” owner Josh Harris told The Athletic. “Since last summer, we’ve felt we needed a third elite talent. You don’t get a chance to get this talent every day. Jimmy wants to win, and Joel and Ben want to win. That’s the bottom line.”

Players win championships,” Elton Brand said. “I kind of understand what Jerry (Krause) meant. But those players are out there playing. And now we have three stars and role players, which we are still looking to add to.”

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

Glen Taylor Still Has Faith In Tom Thibodeau

Nov 15, 2018 9:28 AM

Glen Taylor is relieved the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally traded Jimmy Butler and resolved a volatile situation that went on for weeks.

“It consumed too much of my time on things that were negative,” Taylor said.

Taylor thinks Robert Covington and Dario Saric can become key members of the Wolves for the long-term.

“That’s why when that possibility worked out that I thought that was better than some of the other ones that might have included a (draft) pick or something like that,” Taylor said. “Of course, we love picks, but I thought that we immediately probably better bring a group together and these two guys seem to fit in.”

Taylor said he has some regrets about trading for Butler from the Bulls in the first place.

“I just never anticipated that this would play out like that,” Taylor said. “To me, I thought we were helpful to him, because he said he wanted to get out of Chicago, so I thought we were helpful. We certainly gave Chicago some really good young players. (Butler) came here with expectations that he would help lead the team, not only with scoring, but with his experience that he would share with our young guys and we got behind that.”

Taylor also felt Minnesota “wasted some time” trying to convince Butler to reconsider and play the year out.

Taylor said he still has faith in Thibodeau to lead the Timberwolves organization, because he “can’t believe he ever thought any of these things would happen.”

“Because he’s a guy that spoke for Jimmy and did all that type of stuff, I know that he is really hurt that this thing happened,” Taylor said.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Karl-Anthony Towns Hoping To Bring Fun Atmosphere Back To Wolves

Nov 15, 2018 9:14 AM

With Jimmy Butler traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to cracking jokes postgame. Towns is described by teammates as goofy.

Towns is welcoming the change to help the Wolves get back to having fun.

"All those teams I was on that were successful were the ones that everyone had love for each other and had fun," Towns said. "Things that seem minuscule -- joking around, laughing, conversing, all those things that seem childish -- that is what builds camaraderie."

"I think you're going to see a different Karl-Anthony Towns," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "It kind of frees him up to be who he is and play the way he plays. Obviously, that was kind of a tough situation."

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained

Nov 13, 2018 10:46 PM

The future of Tom Thibodeau as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain as they move into a new phase without Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves were the No. 8 seed last season.

Glen Taylor is known to be very fond of Fred Hoiberg as a potential coaching candidate, who coincidentally replaced Thibodeau with the Bulls.

Ryan Saunders, who is an assistant coach on Thibodeau's staff, is also held in high regard by Taylor.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Glen Taylor Considered Firing Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden During Offseason

Nov 12, 2018 12:30 PM

Glen Taylor considered firing Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden during the offseason, even before the Jimmy Butler situation escalated.

Taylor continues to consider the possibility of replacing both Thibodeau and Layden.

Thibodeau and Layden are under considerable pressure for the Wolves to produce dividends on this trade of Butler with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thibodeau has prioritized short-term gains over the longer view management typically takes since joining the Wolves.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Never Returned To Jimmy Butler-Josh Richardson Trade Talks

Nov 12, 2018 11:52 AM

The Miami Heat never returned to Jimmy Butler trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves passed on a deal before the season that would have included Josh Richardson.

Richardson has had an excellent start to the 18-19 season, which presumably decreased Miami's motivations to make a trade for Butler.

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

Pelicans Held Extensive Trade Talks With Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Nov 12, 2018 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves held extensive trade discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans centered on Jimmy Butler over the past week.

The Pelicans are desperate to add another star to their core with Anthony Davis.

But the Pelicans refused to include Jrue Holiday or any draft picks in their offer.

The Wolves ultimately traded Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Jrue Holiday, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Karl-Anthony Towns: I Think Jimmy Butler Will Be Missed

Nov 12, 2018 8:30 AM

Jimmy Butler received praise from Karl-Anthony Towns following his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.

"He's one hell of a player," Towns said Sunday. "I don't know how many Jimmy Butlers there are in the world, so I think he'll be missed."

Towns spent most of the past two months downplaying any friction with Butler.

"I learned a lot of things from him," Andrew Wiggins said of Butler. "We made the playoffs, something we haven't done in a long, long time. So I think it was a positive either way you put it."

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Acquire Jimmy Butler From Wolves For Robert Covington, Dario Saric

Nov 10, 2018 1:07 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second round pick.

Butler has had a standing trade request since September.

Butler plans on re-signing with the 76ers in the offseason on a long-term deal.

The 76ers were scheduled to enter 2019 with enough cap space to sign a max free agent.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Dario Saric, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler, Wolves Jointly Agreed To Rest Plan
Both Jimmy Butler and the Wolves want to minimize his injury risk after it was promised they'd try to accommodate his trade request.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jimmy Butler Will Make Decision On Whether To Play In Back-To-Backs
Jimmy Butler sat out of Wednesday's game with general soreness.

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler
The Rockets, Heat and 76ers have interest in Jimmy Butler.

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Wolves Decline 19-20 Option On Justin Patton
Justin Patton has battled injuries throughout his time in the NBA.

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Jimmy Butler Ready To Miss Games To Help Expedite Trade
Jimmy Butler informed Tom Thibodeau of his decision.

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Rockets Offer Four First Round Picks To Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Rockets would have a strong desire to re-sign Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Minnesota Fans Go From Booing Jimmy Butler To Chanting 'MVP'
Jimmy Butler had 33 points in the Wolves' win.

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Jimmy Butler: When I'm Playing In Games, Nothing Else Matters
The Wolves are expected to use the first few games of the regular season to allow the roster to mesh and for trade offers to materialize again.

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Pat Riley Tells Players Heat Will Keep Current Roster
The Heat have aggressively pursued a trade for Jimmy Butler, but talks are now dormant.

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Jimmy Butler: I Just Want To Hoop And Be Out There With My Soliders
Jimmy Butler has a standing trade request to leave the Wolves.

Chris Hine/Star Tribune

Tom Thibodeau's Job Not Currently In Jeopardy
Tom Thibodeau is entering his third year with the Wolves.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Glen Taylor: It Is In Wolves' Interest To Trade Jimmy Butler
Glen Taylor talked about his agreement with Jimmy Butler that he would play for the Wolves as they attempt to fulfill his trade request.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

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

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Jimmy Butler Expected To Play In Wolves' Regular Season Opener
Jimmy Butler practiced with the Wolves on Sunday.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Heat Not Trying To Re-Engage Wolves On Jimmy Butler Trade
Pat Riley has formally denied a report that indicated he cursed out Tom Thibodeau at the end of their trade negotiations over Jimmy Butler.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Report: Pat Riley Hung Up On Tom Thibodeau When Asked For More Assets
The Wolves and Heat had basically agreed to a trade of Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and a protected first round pick.

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Jimmy Butler Calls Players-Only Meeting, Tells Teammates He's Prepared To Play With Them
Signs are now point towards Jimmy Butler remaining with the Wolves into the start of the regular season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Jimmy Butler Returns To Practice, Verbally Challenges Coaches, Teammates
Jimmy Butler was reportedly vociferous and emotional at times in targeting Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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Wolves Seeking Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker From Rockets For Jimmy Butler
P.J. Tucker is entering the second season of a four-year, $32 million deal.

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Wolves Rejected Miami's Offer Of Josh Richardson, Protected Pick For Jimmy Butler
With Jimmy Butler requesting a trade, the trade package offered by Miami is considered very competitive.

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