Kevin Garnett Offers Honest Assessment Of Jimmy Butler-T’Wolves Saga

Pat Riley and Tom Thibodeau

"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".

Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters Butler was not in condition to travel to face the Milwaukee Bucks in preseason, although he added on the looming start of the regular season: "The situation remains fluid". "Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations, but I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to ...", Riley said in a statement through a team spokesman, acknowledging trade talks with Minnesota.

Despite that, Garnett said he draws the line at demanding a trade, as he never requested out of Minnesota.

Butler has made his position known, and has openly challenged his young teammates. "People have to understand that it's that path that got him to where he is - how hard he works".

Butler told ESPN following Wednesday's practice that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been fixed. "It could be", Butler said in the interview. "We had a big game against Chicago, and I'm just raising the level to what I'm expecting the next day to be like". "It was just guys being competitive and going at it in practice ..."

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It's clear that Thibodeau is attempting to do quite a bit of damage control for both himself and Butler.

The Timberwolves have had talks with several teams. He said he was appreciative of how the two-way forward always pushed him to be better.

"Some things that have been reported are correct, some are not", he said.

A lot of the times, with star players in the National Basketball Association, they are friends off the court and talk constantly. However, point guard Jeff Teague went on Twitter to call that report "fake news", saying there was no such meeting.

Thibodeau and players alike harped on the need for consistent effort, regardless of the cloud that's hovering over the team, as it figures out the Butler situation. "But if you do confront, don't beat down".

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