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Splash! Timberwolves get All-Star Jimmy Butler from Bulls

23 June 2017

The Bulls selected Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen with the No. 7 pick, and the Timberwolves took Creighton center Justin Patton at No. 16. However, it did not materialize as the Sixers traded the said draft for the Boston Celtics' No. 1 pick. As for the Timberwolves, Butler is a great player but they have to maximize his skills in replacement for their two key players.

Ball became the first high-profile draftee under the regime of new Lakers head of basketball operations Magic Johnson.

"I'm really honored to be part of this organization, and can't wait to go there and do what I can", said Markkanen, who spent his lone college season at Arizona. Adding to the difficulty was Dunn's underwelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value as well, even in the eyes of the point guard-needy Bulls.

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

Heading into Thursday's draft, things changed, and the Bulls traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a surprising deal that sent shockwaves around the league.

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The biggest influence here is without a doubt the financial factor for the star guard, who is 35-years-old and without many years left in his National Basketball Association playing career.

A source told Johnson that Wade planned all along to exercise his option regardless of what happens with Bulls star Jimmy Butler, who has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason. The two sides engages on serious discussions on draft night a year ago, 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.

Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette. 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.

The trade brings together Butler and Wolves coach and president Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. He criticized Fred Hoiberg during the coach's first season.

Last season, the teams worked on a potential deal for Butler, but talks collapsed based on the belief that Chicago's demands were too high. He left them behind for his successor.

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LaVine is coming off a torn ACL but was showing steady improvement.

"18.3 points a game in 29mins on 43% shooting at 35 years old", he wrote.

Since entering the league as Minnesota's first-round pick from UCLA in 2014, LaVine has averaged 13.7 points per game and shot 44.5 percent.

Butler is under contract for two more seasons and it is unclear how motivated the Bulls will be to trade their franchise player.

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When Thibodeau was hired as team president and coach last summer, he quickly set his sights on bringing Butler to Minnesota. But they did receive Chicago's first-round pick in return, offering them an opportunity to continue adding to their depth.