Splash! Timberwolves get All-Star Jimmy Butler from Bulls

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Thibodeau acknowledged it was key to get the Bulls' first-round pick back in the deal because the Wolves gave up two quality players. The two sides engages on serious discussions on draft night previous year, almost reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn, a player the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence, for Butler.

After a disappointing first season overseeing the operation, Thibodeau grabbed a fully grown pit bull to toughen the team up. He also garnered a 50% field goal percentage during that time.

"They've come by their relationship honestly", Lee said. They have a basis to work from, but things have changed and they've changed and adapted.

Chicago and Minnesota discussed a deal a year ago on draft night that involved Butler, LaVine and Dunn. "They will take the starting point that they have, but they have to build on it". The Wolves gained Chicago's starter and two-way player, Butler, plus the overall No. 16 pick this year, center player Justin Patton. While the Wolves don't have the treasure trove of assets the Celtics do, they do have Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, who are two young guys with bright National Basketball Association futures (if the latter can recover from a torn ACL suffered last season). His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler.

That being said, the Suns do hold the fourth pick in this year's draft, as well as Miami's 2018 (top-7 protected, unprotected in 2019 if it doesn't convey) and 2021 (unprotected) first-round draft picks.

Butler, 27, has developed into a three-time All-Star, who owns career averages of 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 399 games. The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning. Patton is a 6-foot-11 forward who was the Big East freshman of the year after averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He is also one of the league's top defenders, an absolute necessity for a young team that finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency last season. "But at the end of the day it is a me decision", Wade said.

"We feel that 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", Thibodeau said".

The Celtics weren't expected to make a run at George, but the move by the Lakers makes it even more unlikely that Boston or any other playoff-caliber team would make an offer for him. The Bulls were the ones to put a two-year, $47 million offer on the table for a 34-year-old Wade last summer-and he glady accepted it.

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