The frenemies played Wednesday for the first time this offseason - Butler has been missing from training camp - in a session that reportedly included him teaming with the third-stringers to beat the starters and a verbal assault on Layden, the former Knicks GM. "That's how I show I'm here for you". All my emotions came out at one time.
Butler admitted it probably wasn't the right way to go about expressing himself but noted he can't control that when he's on the floor. "Me at my finest, me at my purest". You've got Bam Adebayo on a rookie deal. At times, Butler has been working out away from the team at the facility since his trade request three weeks ago. A potential trade with Miami stalled late last week.
A couple of Butler's teammates were particularly vague when asked about Butler's level of participation in practice on Wednesday.
"It could be, it could be", Butler said. But I think that's the problem. Because you've got to be honest.
So, ESPN was just conveniently in Minnesota on the day Butler practices with the team? I really do apologize. I love the game and I love to win.
Forward Anthony Tolliver and guard Jeff Teague took a few Butler-related questions after practice, but neither would even fully confirm that Butler practiced. I mean, I can deal with anything, I can adjust to anything, I can adapt to any situation. I play hard. I put my body (on the line) every day in practice, every day in games. "And that's all I was out there doing was competing, playing hard, doing what I'm supposed to do on the basketball floor". "But I know the truth, I know the truth, I know the whole truth, we've talked about it". I like those young guys in the locker-room. Whether he's here or not, we'll just focus on who is here. Who is the most talented player on our team?