Jimmy Butler Reportedly Insulted Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins: They Soft!

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 25:  Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves attends the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers SCO at Parc des Princes on August 25, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Butler's performance Wednesday at the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice will go down in history. 

The disgruntled swingman took the floor for the first time since he requested a trade last month and went about systematically embarrassing his teammates, particularly Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Butler reportedly yelled out "they ain't s--t" and "they soft" at Wiggins and Towns, as he led third-stringers to victories over the staring unit. 

"He can't do s--t against me!" Butler exclaimed at one point when defending Towns in the post, per Haynes. Towns ultimately kicked the ball out on the possession.

"A lot of it is true," Butler told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "I haven't played basketball in so long. I'm so passionate. I don't do it for any reason but to compete. All my emotion came out in one time. Was it the right way? No! But I can't control that when I'm out there competing. That's raw me, me at my finest, me at my purest. Inside the lines."

Butler admitted he has targeted Towns and Wiggins with harsh criticism. He insinuated he gets on the two young players because he sees them not playing as hard as he does—while acknowledging their talent. 

"Am I being tough on him? Yeah, that's who am I," Butler said. "I'm not the most talented player on the team. Who is the most talented player on our team? KAT. Who is the most God-gifted player on our team?Wiggs. ... Who plays the hardest? Me! I play hard. I put my body [on the line] every day in practice, every day in games. That's my passion. Everybody leads in different ways. That's how I show I'm here for you."

The Wolves have had negotiations with teams regarding a Butler trade, but nothing appears imminent. The Miami Heat have been particularly aggressive in their pursuit of Butler, in large part because they will not have the salary-cap room to sign him next summer. 

Miami has attempted to re-engage Minnesota in trade talks this week after a potential deal fell apart over the weekend, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"It's not fixed. Let's be honest," Butler told Nichols. When asked if he thought it could be fixed, he replied, "It could be. Do I think so? No."

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