Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Timberwolves for big haul including Zach LaVine

Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Timberwolves for big haul including Zach LaVine

After almost six months of off and on trade talks, the Chicago Bulls finally traded Jimmy Butler during Thursday night's NBA Draft, flipping him to the Minnesota Timberwolves, per numerous reports. "I was hoping one day I'm going to be there, too, and now I'm hoping that one day other kids are going to watch my top moments and think that he wants to be like me one day". The fact that the Timberwolves were able to pick up an All-Star and not have to get rid of either Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Wiggins is huge for the young team.

The Bulls made the playoffs with 41 wins after missing out the previous year.

With the No. 7 pick, Chicago acquired the rights to Lauri Markkanen.

Minnesota, Sacramento and Detroit, sources say, have all reached out to Phoenix in an attempt to gauge the price tag for Bledsoe, 27, who posted career highs of 21 points, 6.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds last season. Not only that, but his ability to take and hit 3-pointers should ease some of the Bulls spacing issues.

Thibodeau after being selected as the team president and coach last summer was vocal on bringing Butler on the Timberwolves.

LaVine was having a breakout third season in the league when he tore the ACL in his left knee in February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler. Adding to the difficulty was Dunn's underwhelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value. The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while playing just under 31 minutes per game as a Wildcat. The Bulls were one of the league's worst three-point shooting teams a year ago.

Butler, who turns 28 in September, could have been in for an even more massive payday had he stayed in Chicago.

"The most important thing to me are the things he does every day, the way he practices, the things that he does in meetings, the way he prepares before a game, the things that he does for recovery", Thibodeau said. "We know how good of a player that Jimmy is, but we also felt that where Zach was, as a player, he's terrific, so we felt we were giving up a lot". They're also weakening an already pathetic Eastern Conference, which means the contending teams on that side of the border are down to two - Boston and Cleveland - or three if you consider Philly a threat.

With the Bulls diving headfirst into a rebuild, Wade could be a buyout candidate.

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