Minnesota Timberwolves expect Jimmy Butler to play in season opener

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As most may already know, Butler was screaming and going at head coach Tom Thibodeau, GM Scott Layden, and young studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during the practice. "I root for those guys".

Kevin Garnett never has been one to mince words. He boldly challenged teammates, coaches and front-office executives during practice, according to sources.

The Heat is not pushing to resume discussions with the Timberwolves on a Butler trade, as the Miami Herald reported Thursday. The disgruntled star recently made headlines after he went on a tirade during Minnesota's practice which he surprisingly attended. "It could be", Butler said in the interview. Heck, I'm not even a Timberwolves fan and I'm disappointed in the lack of those guys playing at their absolute best as much and as often as possible.

The saga with the four-time All-Star started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade after a season in which he was Minnesota's leading scorer and helped the Wolves snap a 14-year playoff drought.

The Timberwolves are believed to be asking for several of the Heat's most valuable assets: Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and a first-round pick.

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"KAT has good leadership skills because he works hard", Garnett said.

The report Riley is referencing is from former Heat broadcaster Jorge Sedano, who on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles claimed Riley used profanity to address Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau during trade negotiations.

A lot of the times, with star players in the National Basketball Association, they are friends off the court and talk constantly. They will take up a big chunk of the Wolves' salary cap going forward, and if their progress stalls, the Wolves' fortunes could as well.

Thibodeau and players alike harped on the need for consistent effort, regardless of the cloud that's hovering over the team, as it figures out the Butler situation. The way you confront is important, but if you do confront, don't beat down.

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