Riley refutes reports he called Thibodeau a 'motherf-----' following trade talks
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Miami Heat president Pat Riley was quick to shut down reports that he called Minnesota Timberwolves president Tom Thibodeau a "motherf-----" on the phone following failed trade negotiations for All-Star Jimmy Butler.

"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 the league. Our conversations have been nothing but cordial ...," Riley said in a statement Friday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman.

"... and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations. But I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to ..."

Riley was referencing a 2013 incident in which he told Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge to "shut the f--- up and manage his own team" after Ainge chastised LeBron James for complaining about officiating."

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The Heat and Timberwolves were on the verge of competing a deal for Butler, with the two sides having reportedly exchanged medical information. Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, and a protected first-round pick were reportedly heading to Minnesota, but at the last minute, Thibodeau reportedly asked Riley for more draft picks as compensation, resulting in Riley's now refuted outburst.

Riley refutes reports he called Thibodeau a 'motherf-----' following trade talks
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