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Jimmy Butler's epic T-wolves return: 'F--king need me'

Jimmy Butler's epic T-wolves return: 'F--king need me'

"You can't win without me".

The catch: Minnesota's asking price is a bit too steep, as Fusaro indicates the Wolves would like to get both Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker back in a deal for Butler, which doesn't quite jive with what the Rockets would want to do.

Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said. At times, Butler has been working out away from the team at the facility since his trade request three weeks ago.

Minnesota's star swingman, who has been at odds with the organization for almost a month, requested a trade from the Timberwolves on September 19.

When practice concluded, Butler stormed out of the facility and skipped stretching with the rest of his teammates, league sources said.

His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class.

Jimmy Butler participated in practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the front office. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took a different stance and told owners owners at the National Basketball Association board of governors meetings that "Butler is available, and prospective suitors should contact Taylor himself", according to Wojnarowski.

Forward Anthony Tolliver and guard Jeff Teague took a few Butler-related questions after practice, but neither would even fully confirm that Butler practiced.

With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit. A potential trade with Miami stalled late last week. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins.