Jimmy Butler practises again with Timberwolves as opener nears

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Probably going to make me smile more. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler was asked if he expects to be booed by the Timberwolves fans during the team's home opener on Friday.

Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the opener three days away.

The presence of Butler, who missed all five preseason games, was missed during the preseason, as the Wolves finished with a 1-4 record, losing by an average margin of 19.8 points.

"Man, to be honest, I don't even know if I'll be breathing tomorrow", he said.

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Butler took part in practice on Sunday, the second time he has done so since training camp began with his trade request as the focal point of the team. Go up against the best, 'cause that's what I love to do.

Speaking to Twin Cities media for the first time since ending a de facto holdout last Wednesday, Butler was amicably engaging with inquisitors but said nothing to change the awkward reality facing Minnesota's National Basketball Association franchise: Their best player has requested a trade, and the team either can't or won't oblige. I make sure to remind them every single day (that) I'm paying attention, I'm watching, I'm helping, I'm studying the film just like you are. "When I'm gassed and I'm exhausted, I'll look down at Thibs and say, 'Thibs, I need a break.' And if he doesn't take me out of the game, I'll call upon (rookies Keita Bates-Diop) and Josh (Okogie) to come to the scorer's table". "And do it for the guys that's in the same jerseys as me".

Wiggins has reportedly been a target of Butler's ire since last season due to his work ethic and defensive lapses.

Minnesota still could try to hang on to Butler and hope that improved play from its other two stars changes Butler's mood, or it could wait until February's deadline to trade him, hoping that a contending team decides to push it chips to the middle by giving Minnesota a king's ransom. Butler wouldn't commit to playing Wednesday. "At the end of the day, people can say what they want to say". "He's going to give it all, because that's all he knows".

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