Report: Butler calls players-only meeting with Timberwolves – NBA.com

Butler spoke with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday afternoon to explain his actions during practice.

“A lot of it is true. You have to think … I haven’t played played basketball in so long,” Butler told Nichols. “And I’m so passionate. And I love the game. And I don’t do it for any other reason except to compete and go up against the best to try to prove that I can hang. So all of my emotion came out at one time. Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s my love of the game. That’s raw me. Me at my finest, my purest. That’s what you’re going to get inside the lines.”

“I was honest,” Butler continued. “Was I brutally honest? Yes. But I think that’s the problem. Everybody is so scared to be honest with one another. If you didn’t like the way I handled myself in practice, one of the players come up to me. Somebody say something. Anybody. I’m not going to take offense. It’s not personal.”

How should the Wolves deal with the Jimmy Butler situation going forward?

Days ago, multiple news outlets reported that a trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat for Jimmy Butler had fallen apart. However, that apparently hasn’t kept the Heat from showing interest in rekindling trade talks with the Wolves for their disgruntled All-Star guard.

Wojnarowski reports that the Heat remain interested in restarting trade talks with the Wolves after the deal that seemed close to happening collapsed on Saturday. Yesterday, Butler reportedly informed Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau that he still wants to be traded, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Krawczynski. Butler had been away from the team while the Wolves were in California for a preseason bonding trip.

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