Things are going GREAT in Minnesota.
I'll set the scene. We have the Timberwolves, fresh of signing Karl-Anthony Towns to a lucrative extension that made him the bonafide franchise centerpiece (as if there were any doubt), in the middle of training camp. You also have Jimmy Butler, who technically plays for the Timberwolves but is avoiding the team because he wants to be traded. Something about not liking KAT, or being sick of Andrew Wiggins jumpers, or valuing his knees in a way that head coach Tom Thibodeau clearly does not.
Anyways, Butler apparently CRASHED A TEAM PRACTICE and I'll let Woj take it from here:
Jimmy Butler practiced with the Timberwolves today, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018
All-Star Jimmy Butler participated in Minnesota's practice, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates, coaches and front office, league sources told ESPN. Butler was vociferous and emotional at times, targeting Thibodeau/Layden/Towns/Wiggins. Story soon on ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018
At one point in a scrimmage, sources said, Butler turned to GM Scott Layden and screamed, "You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me." Butler left teammates and coaches largely speechless. He dominated the gym in every way. Jimmy's back.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 10, 2018
Vociferous. Vociferous in every way.
Butler sat down with Rachel Nichols for a one-on-one interview after the now infamous practice.
"All my emotion came out at one time."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2018
Jimmy Butler sat down with @Rachel__Nichols to talk about today's practice and what led to it. See more on SportsCenter at 6 ET and NBA Countdown at 7 ET 📺 pic.twitter.com/znPpDwyW9y
It sounds like this story is far from over.