In return for Butler, the Bulls received the seventh pick in the draft - which turned into stretch-5 Lauri Markkanen from Arizona - along with 2016 No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn and electric guard Zach LaVine, the former UCLA product who is recovering from a torn ACL.
They sent Zach Levine and Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls for All Star guard Jimmy Butler. LaVine, a two-time slam dunk champion, was averaging a career-high 18.3 points before his third season got cut off at 47 games. Wade signed a two-year $47 million offer from the Bulls last year, and he signed and played with them in the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association season.
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. And, of course, the Celtics could still take a major stride forward if they can add Hayward without losing any picks in free agency.
With their trade for Jimmy Butler on Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves have accelerated the development of their young core and nearly guaranteed that they will reach the postseason for the first time since 2004.
"It keeps us at 12 roster spots and gives us real flexibility for our roster", Paxson said.
In addition to the Butler trade, there were some smaller deals involving swaps of first-round picks. The Bulls better hope they hit on at least one, otherwise they're looking at a potential sixth man who can score and not provide much else, along with a rotation player, respectively.
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Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in his only season of U.S. college basketball at the University of Arizona. In the end, success or failure is measured by the ability of this team to go from this point and quickly position itself as not just a playoff contender in the East, but a team with the foundation to win a championship.
On the other hand Chicago gets a solid package of young assets.
Butler played for Thibodeau for four seasons in Chicago, developing from an unheralded, late-first round draft pick into a perennial All-Star.
Reports noted that sending Butler out could be one of the manifestations that the team was taking an entirely different direction under the leadership of head coach Fred Hoiberg. "You're not afraid to tell them the truth". "I think if Dwyane had been really concerned about it, he might not have picked up his option before the draft", Paxson said. I know the things that are important to him.
"They've come by their relationship honestly", Lee said. "They will take the starting point that they have, but they have to build on it".
The move likely signals the beginning of a significant rebuild in Chicago, and could be just the first domino to fall in a longer process. Especially after the trade with Philadelphia, the Celtics had extra picks at their disposal - the Lakers' 2018 first-rounder if it lands between No. 2 and No. 5 or whichever pick is more favorable for Boston out of the 76ers' 2019 first and the Kings' 2019 first - which seemed perfectly set up to help them flip a deeper haul for someone such as Butler. "I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM", wrote Travelle Gaines.
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