As the Jimmy Butler saga rolls on, some more developments have emerged, with the latest report claiming that the shooting guard met with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau this week to reiterate his position.
According to The Atletic's Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania, the player headed back to Minnesota for a meeting with the team's president and coach to insist on being traded.
Thibodeau is desperate to keep Butler on his roster and has tried to convince him to stay. However, the player remains intransigent over his desire to leave the Western Conference side, while the team's heads are also keen to move him on and bring an end to the saga.
Jimmy Butler has returned to Minnesota and reiterated his trade desire in a meeting with president/coach Tom Thibodeau on Monday, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 9, 2018
"Jimmy Butler has returned to Minnesota and, in a meeting with president and coach Tom Thibodeau, reiterated his desire to traded, league sources told The Athletic," Krawczynski reported on Tuesday.
"Butler has not practiced with the team since training camp opened on Sept. 25, just over a week after he first met with Thibodeau to personally deliver his trade request. The Wolves have had conversations with a number of teams, most notably the Miami Heat, but have yet to close a deal.
"Butler worked out in Minneapolis on Monday and talked with Thibodeau, making clear that nothing has changed in the last three weeks, sources said. It remains unclear when, or if, he will join the team in practice as they prepare for the season opener at San Antonio on Oct. 17."
The guard was nearing a move to the Miami Heat last week, a trade he is very much in favor of, but talks broke down between the two sides after a deal was nearly over the line.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves had already handed over the player's medical details to Miami but subsequently altered the agreed-upon framework of the deal, causing Pat Riley to pull out.
The Houston Rockets are now said to be pushing for a deal, having tried to steal a march on the Heat, but Wojnarowski has said that a deal with the Florida-based franchise is still possible despite the breakdown in discussions.