“You f—ing need me, Scott. You can’t win without me.” Butler made his feelings known to Scott Layden, the Timberwolves GM during his return to practice in Minnesota. The entire organization was in the gym as Jimmy made a point and played with the third string players and dominated the practice session. Butler is known for his intensity so when everyone reports he was at 110% you know it was amazing.
Amin Elhassan on The Jump says Jimmy Butler took the third stringers from the [Wolves] and beat the starters with them pic.twitter.com/mjlTJGgyc8
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) October 10, 2018
This was Butler’s first appearance in a team scrimmage since his trade request three weeks ago. He made it his mission to challenge Towns and Wiggins on the court but didn’t spare words for Thibodeau and Layden as well. Reports indicate coaches and players were largely speechless through the entire event. It is unclear if this is a permanent return to Minnesota or did Butler just come back to make a statement and put additional pressure on the organization to trade him.
As we wrote before, the closest Butler came to a trade was with Miami, but then Thibodeau and the team asked, as a Heat source said: “The firstborn of all our kids.” Miami is reportedly ready to come back at the table and this may be the push the Wolves needed to make the trade. Although, Jimmy just showed the Wolves how valuable he is so, maybe not such a good move from a game theory perspective.
Jimmy Butler is right. Minnesota does need him. That’s why I hold onto him as long as possible and try to win as many games before moving him.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 10, 2018
“It was bad,” one Timberwolves staff member told RealGM’s, Keith Smith. “Guys come in angry, having bad days all the time. This was as bad as I’ve ever seen a practice in my years in the NBA.” While we wait for development, enjoy some of basketball twitter’s best reactions so far:
Towns and Wiggins when Jimmy walked into Practice pic.twitter.com/edkDzrAlBR
— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) October 10, 2018
Jimmy Butler at practice today pic.twitter.com/qSI1xNzmc0
— Breyonn Davis-Carter (@BigBreyonn) October 10, 2018
— Tommy Fitterer (@TommyBoy1694) October 10, 2018