"You can't win without me", Butler reportedly screamed at Layden.
The Miami Heat had made progress in trade talks with Minnesota last week and were pushing the Wolves to accept a revised trade offer for Butler, but proposed changes from Minnesota created a "breakdown" in negotiations, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
There has been hope among the Minnesota front office, coaching staff and some teammates that Butler would rejoin the team, but it remained to be seen what, if anything, Butler would do on the court with the Wolves on Wednesday. The two teams had shared Butler's medical information but a deal didn't come together even with the urging of Taylor.More news: Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub
Butler participated in drills and scrimmaged with Timberwolves, sources said.
Butler had previously been excused from training camp and preseason games as the team dealt with his trade request. Coaches and players were largely speechless at Butler's tour de force throughout the workout, league sources said. Minnesota and Miami advanced to the brink of a blockbuster trade for Butler over the weekend - only for the deal to fracture before completion, sources told ESPN.
Butler requested a trade three weeks ago. According to Krawczyinski, Minnesota is "making preparations to start the season with Butler on the roster". Butler verbally attacked Thibodeau and generally manager Scott Layden per Wojnarowski, reportedly telling Layden during a scrimmage, "You f--ing need me".More news: Liveblog: Google’s Pixel 3 launch event at 11am ET Tuesday, October 9
Except for this trade, the Timberwolves responded with an amendment to the framework of the deal, according to Wojnarowski, which caused the trade talks to "fracture".
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