After he left his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates speechless in his return to practice on Wednesday, Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting on Thursday to air his feelings towards the situation and the franchise's management, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Charania added that, with less than a week remaining before opening night for Minnesota, it appears as though Butler will be on the Timberwolves for at least some of the regular season. If so, Butler "expressed to players he could compete with them."
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Several players spoke up in players-only meeting, but Butler led it, made known his issues with management. His message was similar to one he displayed Wednesday: I run this. He's far too competitive to sit real games. https://t.co/Cwo8OCFY8m- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2018
Timberwolves starting point guard Jeff Teague, however, said there wasn't a players-only meeting.
@ShamsCharania it wasn't no players meeting you just made that up bro y'all gotta relax with this fake news- Jeff Teague (@Teague0) October 11, 2018
The Timberwolves did not practice on Thursday and there was no media availability, per The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski.
The only team the Timberwolves have had serious talks with since Butler demanded a trade is the Miami Heat, but a potential deal fell apart "at the 11th hour" over the weekend.