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Okay, maybe the Portland Trail Blazers shouldn’t target Jimmy Butler

12 October, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Just days after reportedly reiterating a request for a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler was on the practice floor with his teammates on Wednesday.

Tucker and Gordon may not have the star power of four-time all-star Butler, but they both figure to be fundamental pieces in Houston's rotation this year.

This saga started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade. I'm being honest with you. From there, he walked straight into a planned-in-advance interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, where he admitted that "all my emotion came out at one time" and acknowledged that his outburst might not have been "the right way to do it".

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

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Butler stopped Towns in the post and talked some smack as well.


Butler said all of Nichols' information was accurate but added, "it's not about money". "I went into practice today and I competed".

"I think that's the part everybody doesn't see", Butler said. That said, if Jimmy was with the Heat an orchestrated what he did Wednesday in Minnesota, Riley likely would have had to be restrained just as he was by Alonzo Mourning during that memorable practice moment with Shaq.

According to ESPN NBA-knower Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler's discontent with the T-Wolves "appears to be his belief that not all of his teammates are committed to winning".

And look at that: The same night Jimmy Drama pitched his fit, the Bulls held the Pacers under 60 points in the first half of Wednesday night's preseason game. Woo. "Yeah, that's who am I", he said. "I'm going to do my job", Butler said. But when you go in that locker room and you ask those guys who do you want to play with?

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