Disgruntled Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler reportedly held a players-only meeting with his teammates in the wake of his infamous outburst during practice on Wednesday.
Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, the player voiced his issues with management and let the rest of the Timberwolves know that he's going to compete with them if he ends up remaining in Minnesota.
During the meeting, Butler also made it known that he was going to be the team's leader if a trade deal could not be agreed upon in time, while several other team members are said to have spoken up as well.
"Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting today, airing his feelings toward situation and management, per league sources," Charania tweeted on Thursday. "Butler expressed to players he would compete with them, as signs pointing to him staying with the franchise into the regular season.
"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."
The player had made quite the scene during the T-Wolves Wednesday scrimmage, even forcing them to cancel practice on Thursday after going in on the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, whom he repeatedly called "soft" while beating them with a bunch of players from way down in the pecking order.
"A lot of it is true, but you got to think, I haven't played basketball in so long and I'm so passionate and I love the game and I don't do it for any other reason except to compete and to go up against the best to try and prove I can hang," he said to ESPN's Rachel Nichols in an interview.
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
"So all my emotion came out at one time. Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can't control that when I'm out there competing. That's my love of the game, that's raw me. Me at my finest, me at my purest. That's what you're going to get inside the lines."
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague would later call Charania out on Twitter, denying the meeting and told him to "relax with this fake news."
Other Minnesota players have made similar claims. However, Butler is reported as having confirmed to Nichols that a meeting was, in fact, held after Wednesday's practice session.
@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
Jimmy Butler confirmed to @Rachel__Nichols that he held a players-only meeting with Timberwolves players on Thursday, a day after he reported to the team for his first practice. pic.twitter.com/I90SyC1LdL— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 11, 2018
The Butler saga has gone on for several weeks and there appears to be no resolution as yet. The player seems to have resigned to the fact that the Timberwolves aren't going to trade him and is ready to play for them as it's just not in him to sit games out.
The Miami Heat, though, are still looking to negotiate over a trade following the breakdown in talks last weekend. But the 29-year-old's teammates are thought to have walked out of the meeting believing he will stay.