Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves
84 years ago a month ago, and he's still in Minnesota. Since he's still there, he decided to make his presence extremely felt during Wednesday's practice session in Minnesota, his first with the team since his trade request.
Although the people who witnessed Butler's "tour de force" are remaining quiet in public, several specifics about what happened have emerged — and wow, they are something else. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has most of the details in his report, but other reporters have chimed in with some tidbits as well.
Below, we'll list the most shocking details from Butler's reported outburst.
One of the essential parts from Woj's reporting is that Butler "challenged" fellow teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns during this session. So it would be logical to conclude that the reason he took third-stringers to play against the first-stringers would be to target KAT and Wiggins. And it worked.
At some point, footage of this practice needs to come out. Butler is a great player, but it's hard to imagine how he took a team full of fringe NBA players and defeated the starters from a playoff team. (Sure, they were the No. 8 seed, but still. That's impressive.)
There's so much going on in this tweet — it's fantastic.
The fact Butler just came out of nowhere while awaiting a trade, dominated practice and then topped it with a final speech is like something out of a TV script. It's the sort of juicy drama you'd see in "Days of Our Lives."
The odd part, though, is Butler telling the GM "you can't win without me." For someone who wants off this team, it's a little weird to be telling the people in charge that if you're not there, the team will suffer. But I respect the power move on Butler's part.
One line from Woj's report really stuck out: "It is unclear if Butler made his full-time return to the Timberwolves season or just proved a point of some kind in the practice."
Can you imagine if Butler did all of this and is still on the team? How can he possibly function on the court at the same time as KAT and Wiggins based on what we've heard so far? I'm envisioning Butler never passing the ball to them, or demanding he only plays with the third-stringers like he did in practice.
And the players weren't even that mad at Butler. They were impressed.
Anthony Tolliver and Jeff Teague both had media availability on Wednesday, but neither one said much of anything.
"He was around," Tolliver said of Butler's presence. "That’s really all I got to say about that."
"I’ve seen him," Teague added.
When asked about how Butler looked at practice, one player texted reporter Darren Wolfson, "I'm legally blind!"
First of all, Butler just cussed out his GM, his coach and his teammates, and an hour later is talking about it with ESPN.
In the interview, Butler admitted that most of the reports that came out are true. He says he's just "passionate" about the game of basketball, and that's why he handled himself the way he did. He added that if anyone had a problem with it, they should have said something.
"Everybody's so scared to be honest with one another," Butler said. "If you didn't like the way that I handled myself in practice — one of the players come up to me, somebody say something. Anybody."
We talked about Teague in the previous section based on what he told the actual media, and then he ended up posting this to social media about an hour later. And he then deleted it shortly after.
The post features every involved party in Woj's report (aside from Teague), and it appears as if everyone has a correlating emoji. Or maybe the four emojis are just talking about the situation in general? We need an emoji decoder to explain what's happening in this post.
This post could mean anything, something or absolutely nothing.