Another wrinkle of ridiculousness was added to the Jimmy Butler saga, with reports that Tom Thibodeau changed the terms of a deal at the last moment, eliciting some choice words from Pat Riley.
Kids, do not use this language at home. Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, reportedly called Timberwolves Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau a “m**********r” when he asked for more picks to be involved in a trade centering around Jimmy Butler.
Thibodeau, who has been reluctant to deal Butler despite his straightforward trade request, reportedly called up Riley after a deal had already been agreed upon and asked for more draft picks. According to ESPN’s Jorge Sedano, the deal centered around Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, and a protected first round pick.
Sedano reports that medical information had already been shared between the two teams, an indicator that a trade is nearly completed.
“The medicals were exchanged, which generally means this is a done deal,” said Sedano on the Mason and Ireland radio show.
The first incarnation of the trade reportedly featured Gorgui Dieng, who the Heat were reluctant to take back due to his massive contract that spans until 2021. The finalized version of the trade involving Richardson, Waiters, and a protected first-round pick was reportedly agreed to before Thibodeau decided to get greedy.
“Thibs called back and wanted more picks. And Pat Riley, literally, I was told, called him a motherbleeper and hung up the phone,” said Sedano.
This event shows a clear rift between these two teams, with the immense pressure on the Timberwolves side to get a deal done continuing to cause issues within the organization. Riley is likely not thrilled about giving up Richardson, his second-round gem who is on a cost-controlled contract, but a player of Jimmy Butler’s caliber would propel the Heat back into the mix to compete for a conference championship.
Butler’s practice on Wednesday was the stuff of legends, with him reportedly yelling at GM Scott Layden “You f*****g need me, Scott. You can’t win without me,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Butler Saga will continue to unfold in front of our eyes, with the Timberwolves’ first regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 17 against the Spurs.