Barring a change in the dwindling trade market between now and the season opener in San Antonio on October 17, the Timberwolves are making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster, league sources said... The bad news is he reportedly was acting out. "You can't win without me", Butler reportedly screamed at Layden.
He reportedly "verbally challenged" his teammates, as well as the Timberwolves' coaching staff and front office.
"You (bleeping) need me". Butler is a star, but losing Gordon and Tucker would be a pretty large blow to the Rockets' depth.
It was Butler's first appearance at training camp since the 29-year-old Houston native asked for a trade last month.
His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler was "determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers" and was looking to pair with a second All-Star in the 2019 free agency class.
With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets also haven't given up on the idea of landing Butler in a trade, according to multiple sources and reports. This has been the most dysfunctional locker room in the National Basketball Association, and the dynamic will be even worse now.
While the Butler saga seems to be dragging on, it's only been three weeks, as one GM pointed out to AmicoHoops. "Yet Taylor balked. Numerous teams have complained in recent days that [Tom] Thibodeau and [Scott] Layden are acting like two men who really don't want to make a deal".