Los Angeles Clippers Rumors: Jimmy Butler is livid

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Jimmy Butler held what he described as a players-only meeting with his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates on Thursday, a day after he reported to the team for a first, contentious practice.

According to an ESPN report, Butler practiced with the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

A proposed blockbuster deal between the Timberwolves and Heat fell apart over the weekend just before it was completed.

Butler requested a trade before the start of training camp, but the Wolves have yet to agree to a deal. I was completely honest about everything. Butler told ESPN the Timberwolves are not being truthful with him.

Butler said he remained in touch with Thibodeau throughout the summer and never backed away from what he had told him.

So as if a trade involving someone as talented as Butler wasn't enough of a challenge, there's also his looming contract situation for potential suitors to consider.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl Anthony Towns dunks in front of Portland Trail Blazers forward Mason Plumlee during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. With Jimmy Butler's sta
Los Angeles Clippers Rumors: Jimmy Butler is livid

Butler's antics were the talk of NBA Twitter on Wednesday.

Butler created a media circus yesterday when he caused a scene at Minnesota's practice and then immediately sat down for an interview with ESPN which he had set up.

"It could be, it could be", Butler said. He was with his teammates in the locker room at the team's practice facility Wednesday morning, league sources said. Some would argue that those same things could be said about LeBron James, and perhaps that's part of the reason Butler doesn't want to align with James.

Jimmy Butler is one of the best players in the league and would improve any team in the short-term, but the Lakers are taking the long view. I don't know how to put it, but it made me think like maybe I'm not that important to your organization.

Still, the team could look to Phoenix, who just fired their General Manager, as a possible spot to unload players.

So where do we stand in the Jimmy Butler trade saga seven days from opening night? "I'm going to do my job", Butler said.

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