Though Butler stopped short of assuring his presence on the court on Wednesday when the Wolves visit San Antonio, coach Tom Thibodeau said he expected Butler to play against the Spurs as long as he remains on the roster.
Coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau was equally vague, sticking to the public declaration he made on the team's September 24 media day, three days after Butler's request became public.
"I can go out there and I can play", Butler said.
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"Sure, boo me", Butler said. "Everything is fluid, we'll continue to work through things, we're always going to do what's best for the Timberwolves". "I'm still here, so we'd better win".
"They want me to go out here and hoop to the best of my abilities", Butler said.
Yet, with Butler seemingly stuck with the Wolves for the time being, Wiggins is spinning the current situation as a positive.
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There aren't many situations where an National Basketball Association team's All-Star player would get booed in his home opener, but with the drama between the T'wolves and Butler, few would be surprised with that kind of reception.
As for the Heat, there is a chance that they will re-approach the deal depending on how Butler performs in Minnesota and how his relationship with the Timberwolves changes as the season gets underway. That game came two days after Butler melted down during his first practice of training camp on Wednesday. "It's all about playing hard. 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". "My name is still attached to this thing", he said.
"All I know is when we start playing the real games, Jimmy is someone you want on your team", small forward Andrew Wiggins said. "At the end of the day, people can say what they want to say". But at the end of the day, he's a victor.
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