Wolves demand Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker from Rockets for Jimmy Butler

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There have been a flood of rumors on Butler's National Basketball Association future since his initial trade request including contradictory reports coming from within the Minnesota front office.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, sources say Butler "verbally challenged" several teammates, coaches and members of the front office, and was "vociferous and emotional at times", as he targeted head coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves'Jimmy Butler and Miami Heat roller-coaster has not been a fun one, leaving most of our writers sick at this point (mostly me).

It was Butler's first practice with the team since requesting a trade three weeks ago. But with the regular season less than a week away, and Butler still on the team, he reported Wednesday to begin practicing. "You can't win without me, '" ESPN reported, citing sources.

His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer. These probably aren't the actions teams that have interest in him, either via trade or when he's a free agent next summer, want to see.

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With that in mind, the Heat appear to still be in pursuit.

The Heat and Timberwolves were close on a trade that would have sent Josh Richardson, another player and other assets to Minnesota, but the deal feel apart at the last minute.

Tom Thibodeau and Glen Taylor may be toying with the Miami Heat and Pat Riley so they Heat can raise the ante on what they can potentially give up for Jimmy Butler. The Rockets also engaged in Butler trade talks, but have thus far been unwilling to trade forward P.J. Tucker.

The NBA world was all there for the news and wanted more details.

Apparently, a deal can't come soon enough for Butler.

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