Paul George on the Jimmy Butler situation: 'I’m on Jimmy’s side'

Heather Diaz
October 15, 2018

Kevin Garnett played 14 of his 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so what does the retired forward known for his fiery competitiveness have to say about his former team's current strife? There's been a couple of different incarnations of this deal.

According to Jorge Sedano, speaking on ESPN Los Angeles radio, the Heat offered a package of Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and a protected first-round draft pick in an offer for Butler. Often more times than not, players will have each other's backs rather than side with ownership or management.

"Danny Ainge needs to shut the f-- up and manage his own team", Riley said in a statement released through a Heat spokesman, when Ainge criticized then-Heat forward LeBron James.

The Timberwolves canceled practice Thursday, although Butler told Nichols he did meet with his teammates. "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". 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.

The Timberwolves have had talks with several teams.

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And while the Timberwolves have plenty on their plate, from figuring out how to deal with Butler's trade request to fixing the gaping holes in their defense, they don't have much time to come together to get on the same page.

As most may already know, Butler was screaming and going at head coach Tom Thibodeau, GM Scott Layden, and young studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during the practice.

In free agency next offseason, Butler could be eligible to sign a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Timberwolves or any team he's traded to.

On October 4th, a few days before the Heat and Timberwolves almost reached a trade agreement, ESPN's Jorge Sedano reported on The Jump that Heat president Pat Riley "may or may not have told a week or so ago to "get your bleeping house in order" and hung up the phone".

Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday's practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.

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