Jimmy Butler verbally challenged team at practice

Jimmy Butler's time in Minnesota has not gone smoothly. | Andy Clayton-King  AP

But with the regular season less than a week away, and Butler still on the team, he reported Wednesday to begin practicing. The bad news is he reportedly was acting out.

Butler has requested a trade from the Timberwolves and reportedly prefers to play for the Heat.

There has been hope among the Minnesota front office, coaching staff and some teammates that Butler would rejoin the team, but it remained to be seen what, if anything, Butler would do on the court with the Wolves on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves'Jimmy Butler and Miami Heat roller-coaster has not been a fun one, leaving most of our writers sick at this point (mostly me). Butler is a star, but losing Gordon and Tucker would be a pretty large blow to the Rockets' depth.

Butler had not practiced with the team since September 25 when training camp started. Some in league circles have strongly suggested the drama between Butler and Towns was real and centered on a woman.

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His return to practice, some opposing GMs believe, is Butler's way of avoiding any missed paychecks - as opposed to rescinding his trade offer.

Three days after the initial trade negotiations fell apart, Miami has not given up in its pursuit of Butler, according to Wojnarowski. Minnesota and Miami advanced to the brink of a blockbuster trade for Butler over the weekend - only for the deal to fracture before completion, sources told ESPN. Butler is said to prefer the Heat over all other potential destinations. Butler, meanwhile, will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and Houston would need assurance that he will re-sign long term.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets also haven't given up on the idea of landing Butler in a trade, according to multiple sources and reports.

Butler doesn't seem content burning bridges with the organization. The two teams had shared Butler's medical information but a deal didn't come together even with the urging of Taylor.

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