2017 NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Timberwolves

It finally happened.

The Chicago Bulls actually traded star Jimmy Butler after months of speculation that they would. Chicago pulled the trigger on a deal Thursday night during the 2017 NBA Draft sending Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick in the draft.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news:

The move is a big one for the Bulls as it means they’ve finally picked a lane. It’s officially a rebuild now as the team has acquired young talent for a budding star.

Minnesota gets Butler to compliment Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns as they look to return to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2004. He gives the Timberwolves a No. 1 threat to go to when the game is on the line.

More importantly, Butler reunites with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau.

With the No. 7 pick, Chicago acquired the rights to Lauri Markkanen. They officially announced the deal just a few hours later:

Get ready folks, this rebuild could get interesting.


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