Jim Butler Traded for Blockbuster Deal in Timberwolves

Chicago used the No. 7 pick on Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen, who was a likely candidate to land in Minnesota prior to the trade. But I think there was a bit of an optimistic feeling after the team did manage to make the playoffs and looked good against the Boston Celtics while Rajon Rondo wasn't injured.

Then, with the 38th pick in the second round, the Bulls chose OR power forward Jordan Bell - the Ducks' all-time leader in blocked shots and 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year - and sold his rights to Golden State for $3.5 million.

Russell was the second pick of the Lakers two years ago out of Ohio State University.

"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.

Beyond the scouting, strategy and suspense of teams trying to select the right player for their slot in the NBA Draft, a spate of trades spiced up the proceedings at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday.

The Sacramento Kings selected Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox with the fifth pick.

"Speed kills and you can't teach it", said Fox.

In a rebuilding effort, the Chicago Bulls traded their star player, Jimmy Butler, to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2017 NBA Draft. Butler is a huge upgrade from LaVine and immediately makes the Wolves a better team on both ends of the floor.

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He will now help Thibodeau's young core of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins continue growing up, especially on the defensive end where Minnesota had most of their problems in too many games. Pretend that they not only acquired LaVine, Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, but traded two No. 16 overall picks for two No. 5 overall picks.

With the 16th overall selection, Minnesota took Creighton center Justin Patton.

In 2011, Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls. He criticized Fred Hoiberg during the coach's first season. His departure has coincided with a downturn in the Bulls' fortunes, although Thibodeau fared even worse with a young Timberwolves squad last season, going 31-51. The Vertical reported on Thursday that the Indiana Pacers and the Celtics were in trade talks for George, the four-time All Star. In that deal, the Bulls sent off Doug McDermott, who was a key rotation player for them that nailed 37.6 percent of his looks from downtown. However, LaVine is coming off of an ACL injury, and there are questions surrounding his health.

LaVine, a two-time National Basketball Association slam dunk champ, averaged 18.9 points and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.

Nine-year veteran Lopez appeared posted averages of 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks last season while becoming the longest-tenured player in Nets history. In 17 minutes per game, Dunn (top photo) shot only 38 percent from the field, 29 percent on 3-pointers, and 61 percent on free throw attempts.

Markanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in his only season at Arizona. Plus, their draft picks won't be high enough to make a difference.

In 206 career National Basketball Association games, all in a Wolves uniform, LaVine averaged 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.9 minutes per contest.

LaVine, a two-time victor of the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend, has shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range in three seasons and averaged 18.9 points last season before his injury.

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