Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves

  • Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves

Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves

Chicago, on the other hand, looks like it's in store for a lengthy rebuild.

Chicago, What can I say?!

It can also be recalled that Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical recently tweeted: "Sources: Chicago's price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest".

Chicago could have tried to build with Butler.

"They're both, to a large extent, people of substance", Lee said.

"You've embraced me like a son and pushed me to get better every day, every season", Butler wrote. "I think the coach feels that. Whatever Coach (Hoiberg) wants me to play, that's how I'm gonna play". The biggest letdown during a 31-win season was the lack of improvement on defense.

But he also acknowledged that his appreciation for Thibodeau's hard-driving style increased as time went on, especially when the Bulls struggled in their first season under the more player-friendly Fred Hoiberg. LaVine is never going to be an impact player on that end of the court, but he does have the ability to make up for it with his offense. So let me be just a player for the Timberwolves, man. "Every year he just made major strides".

That's before the possibility of Minnesota going out and spending big in free agency next month, where it could target Hawks all-star power forward Paul Millsap to round out what suddenly would be a formidable starting lineup. Thibodeau was sacked following the 2015 season.

Dunn was a No 5 pick previous year. This trade will reunite Butler with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and allow him to join up with rising sensations Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns.

"I would see Luol [Deng] come to the facility at night to work on some things, and he would have Jimmy right there by his side", Thibodeau said last season of Butler's 2011-12 campaign. Having draft picks and converting them into stars are entirely different things. "He's a guy who fits in today's National Basketball Association and with how we want to play".

The most important bench addition will be adding a shooting guard.

Though Butler is gone - he was vacationing in Paris and unavailable for comment - there is still reason for fans to be excited. Coach Rick Carlisle said after the choice was announced that he was projecting Smith as a starter.

With this trade, the Northwest division gets even more packed. Given Boston's war chest full of draft picks and decent players, it wouldn't have been hard for them to upgrade whatever package they were offering for George-who is on an expiring deal and reportedly committed to signing with the Lakers next summer-and go after Butler instead. Butler's success is the culmination of "six years of consecutive days of working in a consistent way". "Now that I'm thinking about it, as I'm saying it out loud, that's who he is". The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning now after 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was "love-hate" relationship.