After over a year of being on the trade block, Jimmy Butler is on his way out of Chicago. On Thursday, the Bulls agreed to send Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft, which would end up being Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona.
The trade reunites Butler with his former Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau, who was in charge of the team until 2014, before taking the head coach/president position with the Timberwolves.
Minnesota also received the 16th pick in the draft, with which they selected Justin Patton.
As a lifetime Bulls fan, I’m okay with losing Jimmy, but not for the price. If I’m the Bulls I’m demanding Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has the potential to be a franchise player, and could’ve stepped in immediately to help Chicago, and have D-Wade take him under his wing. I like LaVine, and I like Dunn, but I don’t like the 7 pick. The trade opens up space for a big name free agent, but the situation in Chicago isn’t sexy enough for a Chris Paul or Blake Griffin.
This works perfectly for the T’Wolves, however. Keeping Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins, and adding Butler gives Minnesota the veteran leadership they’ve been needing to make that jump to the next step in the league. If you have NBA League Pass, watch every T’Wolves game you can, because they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with, similar to Golden State four or five years ago.