"Butler has told Minnesota that he'll leave in free agency in July - and wants a trade now".
All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice on Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office executives, league sources told ESPN.
The T-Wolves' first game of the season is on Wednesday when they visit the San Antonio Spurs.
Butler naturally wasn't in the best of shape, but he held his own, league sources said.
If this continues, the Timberwolves may have to send others in the organization out the door with Butler. Thibodeau had been urging Butler to rejoin the team while team owner Glen Taylor knows Butler has to go.
When practice concluded, Butler stormed out of the facility and skipped stretching with the rest of his teammates, league sources said.
With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit. "I'm just focusing right now on whoever is here because you have to understand we have a strong group of guys that come in here, put a lot of time and work in".
When reporters were allowed in at the conclusion of practice, Butler wasn't on the court.
Wednesday's episode only added to an already embarrassing ordeal that has dragged on because of Thibodeau's unwillingness to move Butler, which has made an uneasy situation more hard.
Butler was reportedly vociferous and emotional at times in targeting Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Forward Anthony Tolliver and guard Jeff Teague took a few Butler-related questions after practice, but neither would even fully confirm that Butler practiced. 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.