The practice comes after sources said that the Heat were still pressing for a trade to acquire Butler. The bad news is he reportedly was acting out. After Towns received the entry pass, Butler yelled, "He can't do [expletive] against me!"
"At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me". "Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless".
Butler reportedly scrimmaged against the current starting unit with deep reserve players, and Butler's group dominated. Some in league circles have strongly suggested the drama between Butler and Towns was real and centered on a woman.
Proposed changes from Minnesota created a breakdown in earlier trade negotiations just as the teams were close to finalizing a deal.
With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit. Even though Butler desperately wants a trade, the Timberwolves could also be hoping that he simply gives up and decides to play out the 2018-19 season in Minnesota.
"Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks with any other team", ESPN reported in a separate story. 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. He would become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would likely get a five-year maximum contract from interested suitors. Fellow starters like Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague have gotten the burden of answering the media's barrage of questions after president/head coach Tom Thibodeau has stalemated conversations for three weeks.