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Jimmy Butler returns to face Timberwolves

March 30, 2019 01:43 PM

Jimmy Butler makes his return to Minneapolis Saturday night for the first time since he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on November 12.

Butler has helped turned Philadelphia into a championship caliber team. They have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

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"It's been fun," Butler said Saturday morning following the 76ers' shoot-around. " It always helps to win, don't get me wrong, but the group of guys we have, everybody wants everybody to be successful. It's definitely fun to go out and compete with them."

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Butler did not leave Minnesota on the best terms after asking for a trade in the offseason.

"I let people think what they want to think. It don't phase me. I don't read into the media because people are allowed to say whatever they want to say."

In his one full season with the Timberwolves, Minnesota broke a 13-year playoff drought.

"I think I did some pretty solid things here in Minnesota. We made it to playoffs. You can say 'what ifs' here and there, but all-in-all I think I did a decent job here."

The Butler trade was the first domino to fall which led to Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau being replaced by Ryan Saunders on interim basis.

"I'm so happy for Ryan," Butler said. "He deserves it. He works so incredibly hard and he wants to do right by everybody. He's a huge people person. Besides basketball, he's always checking in you and your family and making sure you're in a good place in life."

Butler scored 19 points for the 76ers when they beat the Timberwolves 149-107 on January 15 in Philadelphia. 

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