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Disgruntled All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is expected to play in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ season-opening clash in San Antonio against the Spurs on Wednesday night, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
Minnesota's Jimmy Butler practiced again Sunday and is expected to play in season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday. Heat/Timberwolves talks have been dead, for now, league sources said.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 14, 2018
Butler practiced with the team Sunday for the first time since his eruption during a scrimmage last week.
The All-Star planned to practice with the Timberwolves again last Thursday, but Minnesota canceled the session in the morning.
Charania also reports trade talks between the Timberwolves and the Miami Heat are dead in the water, at least for now, though not ruling out the possibility of them be resurrected down the line.
Minnesota will play its first home game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by a game at Dallas the next night.
When asked if he’s concerned about a less-than-warm reception from the home fans Friday night, Butler didn’t sound worried in the least.
Jimmy Butler talks about possibly receiving a negative reaction playing for the T-Wolves:
“Sure. Go ahead, boo me… That’s going to make me smile more.” ?
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 15, 2018
The 29-year-old Butler turned down an offer of a four-year, $110 contract extension from the Timberwolves earlier this offseason, fueling speculation he may want to move on. He will become a free agent next summer barring an extension.