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Reports: Tom Thibodeau still trying to work Jimmy Butler into staying with Timberwolves

Thibodeau reportedly tried (again) talking Butler into staying.

The Timberwolves open training today and Jimmy Butler is not expected to join the team in any on-court activities as he holds out for a trade. 

Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau, despite Butler's trade request, has not given up hope of convincing Butler to stay, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, but Butler is sticking strong to his demand to get out of Minensota. 

Wojnarowski explains further that Butler will likely hold out before putting on a Wolves uniform again. 

"He expects that he will never wear a Wolves practice or game jersey again and doesn't want to prolong the drama on his way out, sources said. In his meeting with Thibodeau on Monday in Minneapolis, Butler reiterated that he had no plans to play for the team again, league sources said."

Thibodeau said Monday that he'll only trade Butler if the deal isn't a bad one for the Wolves, but if Butler holds out and Thibodeau refuses to trade him it's a lose-lose situation. 

The Athletic's Jon Krawcyznski reports that Butler, skeptical of Thibodea's intentions to actually trade him, "sought out owner Glen Taylor to receive assurances that good faith efforts were continuing." 

Bottom line: Butler plans to leave Minnesota as a free agent next summer anyway, so trading him before then would at least give the Wolves assets instead of losing him for nothing. And trading him as soon as possible would spare Minnesota further humiliation. 

Within Wojnarowski's report is information from Zach Lowe, who says the Sacramento Kings are interested in helping facilitate trade by using its salary cap space to absorb expiring contracts. 

Stay tuned, this situation could quickly change and we'll be ready when it does. 

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