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MINNEAPOLIS—An offseason filled with discontent, a massive contract extension and a high-profile, hyper-public trade request officially comes to an end for the Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Oct. 17, when they open the 2018-19 season in San Antonio. And Jimmy Butler is slated to be there for it.
Will Jimmy Butler be traded?
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves snapped a 14-year playoff drought last season, supposedly ending their fans' suffering. Then came this offseason. Still, after months of drama and turbulence, the Timberwolves enter this season with a possibility of making a second straight postseason appearance. But there are more than a few things that need to go their way: Jimmy Butler stays
MINNEAPOLIS—For better or worse, Jimmy Butler's presence changes Timberwolves practice. The all-NBA guard brings a fire and energy that's difficult to replicate. Sometimes, it can lead to the drama that unfolded Wednesday, when Butler went at teammates, coaches and front-office members in his first practice with the team since he asked to be traded.
MINNEAPOLIS — On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Timberwolves held an emotionally-charged practice headed by Jimmy Butler, who made his return to the court with the team he wants to be traded from. Butler reportedly challenged teammates, coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. Shortly thereafter, Butler conducted an interview with ESPN in which he aired all of his issues and history with the team for all to see. In that interview, Butler confirmed he would also attend Thursday's practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves all-star guard Jimmy Butler briefly practiced with the team Wednesday and reportedly made his presence felt, to put it lightly. Butler scrimmaged with the Wolves for less than an hour Wednesday, according to a source. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that during practice Butler verbally challenged teammates, coaches and the Wolves front office, specifically targeting coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Butler reportedly turned to Layden during the scrimmage and screamed “you (bleeping) need me.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves certainly look like they miss Jimmy Butler. Since scoring a surprise win over Golden State in its preseason opener, Minnesota has been less than impressive, and that's putting it kindly. The Wolves haven't stopped anyone, haven't moved the ball and haven't won any of their past three games. Andrew Wiggins has been largely ineffective and Karl-Anthony Towns has yet to record a positive plus-minus this preseason. It is just preseason, but it is also a bad look.
EAGAN, Minn. — No one in the Vikings organization wants to run the ball more than offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Or so he says. His play calling suggests quite the opposite. Through five weeks, the Vikings have run the ball on 29.8 percent of their offensive plays. That would shatter the lowest run-ratio of the Mike Zimmer-era, which came in 2014 when the Vikings ran the ball 44.8 percent of the time.
EAGAN, Minn. — It took the spectacular to beat Mike Hughes on Sunday, Oct. 7, but that doesn't mean the rookie cornerback was happy about it. Early in the second quarter, Shelton Gibson jumped in front of Hughes on an underthrown ball for a 48-yard reception.
MINNEAPOLIS — Now less than two weeks from the start of the regular season, Jimmy Butler remains on the Timberwolves' roster — more than two weeks after his trade request was made public. Which raises the question: Will Butler, in fact, start the season in Minnesota? "It would be nice," guard Jeff Teague said. The All-NBA wing still isn't with the team, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Butler has no plans to miss regular-season games, and Minnesota hasn't exactly expedited trade negotiations.