But­ler misses T-Wolves shootaround amid drama

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

Jimmy But­ler was ab­sent as the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves wrapped up prepa­ra­tions for their pre­sea­son fi­nale Fri­day night.

But­ler has de­manded a trade but re­turned to prac­tice with the team Wednesday, a ses­sion that in­cluded him ver­bally chal­leng­ing team­mates and coaches. He was not with the team at Fri­day's shootaround in Mil­wau­kee.

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.

Asked if But­ler would play in Min­nesota's reg­u­larsea­son opener at San An­to­nio next Wednesday, Thi­bodeau said: "The si­t­u­a­tion re­mains fluid."

Source: Winslow agrees to 3-year ex­ten­sion with Heat

Jus­tise Winslow has agreed to a $39 mil­lion, three-year ex­ten­sion with the Mi­ami Heat. A per­son with direct knowl­edge of the agree­ment con­firmed the terms to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day night. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Winslow isn't sign­ing the con­tract un­til this week­end. Winslow av­er­aged 7.5 points and 5.3 re­bounds on 41 per­cent shoot­ing over his first three sea­sons, play­ing mostly as a re­serve. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke.

Now­itzki to miss Mavs' opener

Dirk Now­itzki's de­but in his record 21st sea­son with the Dal­las Mav­er­icks won't be in the opener.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Fri­day the 40-year-old Now­itzki will miss "mul­ti­ple weeks" with a longer-than-ex­pected re­cov­ery from left an­kle surgery in April.

Spurs’ White out 6-8 weeks as in­juries thin back­court

San An­to­nio point guard Der­rick White will miss six-toeight weeks af­ter in­jur­ing his left heel in his first game as a starter since re­plac­ing De­jounte Mur­ray, who was lost for the sea­son with a torn ACL.

White in­jured his heel dur­ing San An­to­nio's 130-127 pre­sea­son loss to At­lanta on Wednesday.

White's in­jury caps an in­jury-filled week for the re­vamped back­court.

The Spurs lost Mur­ray to sea­son-end­ing surgery af­ter his knee buck­led Sun­day against Hous­ton. Rookie Lon­nie Walker IV will miss at least six weeks af­ter sus­tain­ing a knee in­jury last Fri­day.

Patty Mills is ex­pected to start in White's place.

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