"I learned from a very early age, don't focus on that stuff because that will ultimately distract you", Tolliver said.
"So all of my emotion came out at one time". I'm going to be honest, if your number one priority isn't winning, people can tell. "No, but that's raw me, that's me at my finest, me at my purest". His impasse with the Timberwolves is now in its fourth week, starting when he told coach Tom Thibodeau before training camp that he wants to be traded. That's why they made that draft-night trade with the Bulls past year.
Butler, in the ESPN interview, insisted money is not his motivation - and indicated he's been unhappy in Minnesota for some time.
Butler said all of Nichols' information was accurate but added, "it's not about money". But I think that that's the problem. Because you've got to be honest.
"He's got 1 year left on his contract and I know Jimmy, that if they don't end up doing the right deal for him [to trade him away], he's gonna play hard and he's gonna stay this year". And I love the game. I'm not going to take offense. "That's really all I gotta say about that".More news: Change that embarrassing PlayStation account name starting next year
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However, after a recent report of a particularly heated Wolves practice from ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler is seeming less and less worth the risk.
Jimmy Butler contrives to publicly rip young teammates. "Him being around and his energy".
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Butler stopped Towns in the post and talked some smack as well. Strangely, the Timberwolves cancelled practice Thursday and did not make any players, coaches or members of management available to the media.
Tolliver said he's never been through a situation quite like this with a team.
I mean, just how much of a clown are you if Gar Forman wins a trade? "Yeah, that's who am I", he said. Like it or not, it wasn't just then, so we can put that to rest. But when you go in that locker room and you ask those guys who do you want to play with?