But­ler hot in re­turn to Wolves prac­tice

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For­mer Bulls star Jimmy But­ler re­turned to prac­tice with the Tim­ber­wolves for the first time this sea­son, and told ESPN in an in­ter­view that he was “bru­tally hon­est” with team­mates and other of­fi­cials in that work­out.

But­ler was vo­cif­er­ous and in­tense through­out scrim­mage ses­sions, tar­get­ing pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions and coach Tom Thi­bodeau, gen­eral man­ager Scott Lay­den and team­mates, in­clud­ing Karl-An­thony Towns and An­drew Wiggins.

But­ler asked the Tim­ber­wolves to trade him last month, and said dur­ing an in­ter­view that was taped and aired on Wed­nes­day that much of an ear­lier ESPN re­port that he had out­bursts dur­ing the prac­tice was largely ac­cu­rate.

Min­nesota has en­gaged many teams in trade talks, Mi­ami in par­tic­u­lar, be­fore those ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down over the week­end.

But­ler is a four-time All-Star who can be­come a free agent af­ter the sea­son. MLB

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GETTY IM­AGES

Jimmy But­ler (right) tar­geted the Tim­ber­wolves’ front of­fice and team­mates, in­clud­ing Karl-An­thony Towns (left), in his re­turn to prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

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