Heat still interested in Jimmy Butler who practices with Wolves

Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

Timberwolves players confirmed Wednesday that Butler, still technically part of the team since requesting a trade nearly a month ago, practiced with the team for the first time since then - although they shied away from commenting on an ESPN report that Butler tore into both teammates and executives, as well as coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Timberwolves have had talks with several teams since Butler made the request - including Miami - and almost got a deal done with the Heat over the weekend. However, it remains unclear if four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler will be in San Antonio for the opener.

Sources told Wojnarowski that Butler was emotional and targeted head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, as well as teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. He said he was "brutally honest", which he doesn't consider to be a bad thing.

"It's not fixed", Butler said.

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The Timberwolves did not practice Thursday after Wednesday's eventful session with Butler. And Butler told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Wednesday night that even though he returned to practice, his situation with Minnesota is "not fixed". But Jimmy Drama said it wasn't about the money.

Butler requested a trade during the off-season - and hasn't gotten it - and went wild at practice this week in an apparent statement to the coaches, players, GM and owner. "I'm going to do my job", Butler said.

Butler showed up for his first practice of the preseason on Wednesday, and he didn't exactly opt to blend in with his Timberwolves' teammates. One with Butler and the third-teamers. I'm OK. I know the truth, I know what I did, I know who I am to my core.

"I think that's the part everybody doesn't see", Butler said. But when you go in that locker room and you ask those guys who do you want to play with? This is my first interview - I haven't said anything to anybody, but when it comes out, it comes out.

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