MIAMI - The Heat's pursuit of Jimmy Butler took another strange turn on Friday, this time involving a direct statement from Pat Riley.
Following a report from that Riley cursed at Minnesota head coach and president Tom Thibodeau because of frustrations over trade talks, Riley released a statement through the Heat.
"As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he's accomplished in this league," Riley said. "Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations, but I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to..."
The end of that statement is in reference to when Riley actually did direct an expletive at Celtics executive Danny Ainge.
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