Jimmy Butler returned to Timberwolves practice, confronted Tom Thibodeau and teammates, report says

Jimmy Butler returned to Minnesota on Wednesday, and the jilted star made his presence felt. Practicing with the Timberwolves for the first time this season, Butler reportedly confronted coach Tom Thibodeau and teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, while also shouting at Wolves GM Scott Layden, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

According to reports, Butler even led the third-stringers to a victory against the starters during a scrimmage, which apparently invigorated some of his teammates.

Butler had previously been excused from training camp and preseason games as the team dealt with his trade request. But with the regular season less than a week away, and Butler still on the team, he reported Wednesday to begin practicing. All along, Butler has been clear that while he wants to be traded, he does not plan to miss regular season games, which would mean forfeiting those game checks. 

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What happened on Wednesday, however, was always the risk of being stubborn about making a move. Yes, Butler will return, but there will be plenty of drama. While he is the team's best player, it's clear that his return would have negative side effects both on and off the court. 

Speaking on Wednesday, Anthony Tolliver told reporters that Butler was "around," after pausing to think about his answer. It's clear that this entire episode is draining for everyone involved. 

The Wolves were reportedly close to finalizing a deal with the Heat over the weekend before it fell apart, but the Heat are still pushing to make the deal happen. At this point, it appears that the Heat are the only team having substantial talks with the Wolves about a deal. 

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