Heat avoiding Butler trade talks with Wolves for now

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"I thought it was a normal practice, but it was new for guys who haven't spent as long playing with Butler", Gibson said. "And Pat Riley, literally, I was told, called him a motherbleeper and hung up the phone", said Sedano. Often more times than not, players will have each other's backs rather than side with ownership or management.

If you're wondering what Riley told Ainge, he's referring to a 2013 spat centered around LeBron James. "He can definitely rub you the wrong way if you're not willing to put the work in, so a lot of what is going on [in Minnesota] is not surprising to me".

The Timberwolves canceled practice Thursday, although Butler told Nichols he did meet with his teammates. But the source also declined to rule out the possibility of a deal still happening with Minnesota, only making it clear Miami would not be the one initiating trade talks.

Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, who played with Butler in Chicago, said he did not think Wednesday's practice was out of the ordinary.

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Tottenham, in particular, are keen on signing the 18-year-old wunderkind, who is believed to be valued around £100 million . Sancho said: "Obviously moving from home, that was the biggest".

He said the most alarming thing for him is the way everything went public, and K.G. admitted that there were times in practice when he acted the way Butler did on Wednesday.

In an interview with The Athletic, Garnett described the situation in Minnesota as "a storm up there", two days after Butler caused a stir at practice by reportedly challenging teammates, coaches and front office executives with verbal jabs. The Timberwolves offered Butler a four-year, $100 million contract this offseason, which he declined in July.

The good: Both are former rookies of the year, and both are young (Wiggins is 23 and Towns turns 23 next month).

Multiple reports indicated the Heat almost acquired Butler from the Wolves last offseason. Bird rights allow for a team to exceed the salary cap to re-sign a player. "Some things that have been reported are correct, some are not", Thibodeau said of the Wolves' scrimmage that captured the attention of the entire National Basketball Association world.

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