Butler skips T’wolves’ game
MILWAUKEE — After a drama-filled week, Jimmy Butler was not with the Timberwolves on Friday for their preseason finale against the Bucks.
Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. The Timberwolves canceled practice Thursday.
Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday’s heated practice, said Friday that Butler stayed in Minneapolis to do conditioning work and had not been suspended.
Asked if Butler would play in the season opener Wednesday against the Spurs in San Antonio, Thibodeau said: “The situation remains fluid.”
Butler told ESPN after practice Wednesday that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been resolved.
“Let’s just be honest. It could be,” Butler said in the interview. “But do I think so? No.”
Center Karl-Anthony Towns would not address what happened at that practice or whether players held a meeting Thursday, as was reported.
“The only thing that needs to be clarified is we’re excited to pick up a basketball here today in Milwaukee,” Towns said. Asked if he would be happy to play with Butler in the season opener, Towns said, “I’m happy to play basketball with anybody.”