Riley refutes reports he called Thibodeau a 'motherf-----' following trade talks

Report: Heat's Riley cussed out Wolves' Thibodeau

Regarding Butler's comments about Towns and Wiggins, Thibodeau said: "To me, like they're young guys improving, this is a team sport". You can get the up out of here.

Meanwhile, Butler didn't play in a 143-121 preseason loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, October 12.

Pat Riley can tweet denials from now until next week's season opener and - even if he's being truthful - we can still want to believe that things got rather nasty on the telephone between the Miami Heat president and Tom Thibodeau, who holds the dual title of president and head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him".

According to a report from ESPN, the Miami Heat were very close to landing the disgruntled four-time All-Star in a blockbuster trade over the weekend - but an additional request from the Timberwolves caused the deal to fall through.

Sedano reports that medical information had already been shared between the two teams, an indicator that a trade is almost completed. Here was Thibodeau's answer to that: "The important thing is, we have to do what we think is best for our team and we always will do that".

Butler reportedly called a players-only meeting on Thursday following his return to Timberwolves' practice on Wednesday. "And then he sees the potential that he has around him and he just wants guys to match that, because if guys are skilled and have that "it" like KAT (Karl-Anthony Towns) has, like Andrew Wiggins has, they have that "it" that a lot of guys don't have, now they just have to match it with what Jimmy's bringing to the table".

Thibodeau told reporters he did expect Butler to end his holdout and show up for the practice.

Butler is set to earn $20.4 million this season and has a player option worth $19.8 million in 2019-20.

The Wolves canceled practice Thursday, and Thibodeau was not available to the media.

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