Butler's preferred trade destination is the Miami Heat, but talks between the two sides have broken down.
Apparently, a deal can't come soon enough for Butler.
It is unclear if Butler made his full-time return to the Timberwolves season or just proved a point of some kind in the practice. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took a different stance and told owners owners at the National Basketball Association board of governors meetings that "Butler is available, and prospective suitors should contact Taylor himself", 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.
Outside of the Heat, the Timberwolves have had no serious, active talks ongoing with any other team recently, league sources said. These probably aren't the actions teams that have interest in him, either via trade or when he's a free agent next summer, want to see.
Three days after the initial trade negotiations fell apart, Miami has not given up in its pursuit of Butler, according to Wojnarowski.
Butler showed up for his first practice of the preseason on Wednesday, and he didn't exactly opt to blend in with his Timberwolves' teammates.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, sources say Butler "verbally challenged" several teammates, coaches and members of the front office, and was "vociferous and emotional at times", as he targeted head coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.