According to an ESPN report, Butler practiced with the Timberwolves on Wednesday. The team attempted to change Butler's mind on a trade request and get him to report to practice. Butler has told Minnesota that he'll leave in free agency in July - and wants a trade now.
Minnesota had shared Butler's medical information with Miami late last week, sources said, a typical last step before finalizing a trade.
Butler appeared in 59 games for the T-Wolves a season ago after being acquired in the summer of 2017 from Chicago Bulls for a package that included Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.
Butler showed up for his first practice of the preseason on Wednesday, and he didn't exactly opt to blend in with his Timberwolves' teammates.
It would be in the Timberwolves' best interest to trade Butler if they can't convince him to return.
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According to ESPN, the Wolves were close to a Butler trade with the Heat this weekend, but it fell apart.
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". Tucker and were shot down fast (Houston does not want to put Tucker in a trade).
While Butler attending practice might seem like a good sign for his future with the Timberwolves, perhaps it's just the opposite.
Butler's friend and current Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and it took the Cavs six weeks to pull off a deal.