Bulls-Timberwolves trade


The Chicago Bulls have sent All-Star Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick.

The news broke during ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft on Thursday evening.

Minnesota is building a solid core, as it now adds Butler to a dynamic duo of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler is reunited with former head coach of the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau, as well.

For the Timberwolves, Butler is one of the best two-way players in the NBA. Last season, Butler averaged nearly 24 points per game (23.9), 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game for Chicago.

On defense, though, is where Butler has made his name at the most. Last season, players shot just 43 percent when he was guarding them.

The biggest positive about his defense is his ability to defend the perimeter.

Last season, players shot just 29 percent from three when Butler was the defender. His size and length (6 foot 7, and 231 pounds) make him a matchup nightmare as well.

For the Bulls, LaVine is an explosive playmaker from UCLA but suffered an ACL injury in February.

When he is on the court, though, LaVine makes the most of it. Last season, LaVine averaged 18.9 points per game, to go along with 3.4 assists per game and 3.0 rebounds per game.

The other piece in the swap was Dunn, who will enter his second season this fall.

In his rookie campaign, Dunn played just 17.8 minutes per game but could find a role with the Bulls as the backup to Rajon Rondo. Dunn averaged just 3.8 points per game last season for Minnesota.

As of right now, the Timberwolves won the trade with a top-tier player in the NBA. For the Bulls, though, there is promise once LaVine returns and Dunn progresses.

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