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Thunder's Paul George defends Jimmy Butler: He 'has a very valid point'

Thunder's Paul George defends Jimmy Butler: He 'has a very valid point'

"I've got nothing but love for [Antetokounmpo] and his talent, but we let him carve us up too much", Towns said. "Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations ..."

Sedano said: "Here's what's happening".

"There's been a couple of different incarnations of this deal".

"So they finally relented on Josh Richardson, they were giving them Josh Richardson. We're always going to put the team first".

The quote makes reference to one of Pat Riley's more infamous moments as an National Basketball Association executive when he lambasted fellow exec Danny Ainge for criticizing LeBron James, who at the time had spoken out against a series of hard fouls he felt should have been called during the 2013 National Basketball Association season. Also, experiencing a fairly similar situation with the Pacers in the summer of 2017, George knows how to navigate sketchy waters and come out just fine.

Trade talks between the Heat and Timberwolves centered on Jimmy Butler are supposedly off for now.

A Heat source indicated Thursday the organization is ready to move on if need be after the Timberwolves rejected its offer.

This event shows a clear rift between these two teams, with the enormous pressure on the Timberwolves side to get a deal done continuing to cause issues within the organization.

"Who's the most talented player on our team? KAT".

Butler's request to be traded from the Timberwolves was made public three weeks ago.

Pat Riley responded to the reports with a two-tweet statement posted to the Heat's official account on Friday evening.

Butler is set to earn $20.4 million this season and has a player option worth $19.8 million in 2019-20.

Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season and would be eligible to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota at that point.

In practice Wednesday, Butler reportedly directed his frustration at Wolves General Manager Scott Layden, delivering an expletive-laced message about how the team can't win without him. Who's the most god-gifted player on our team?

Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday's practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.