The Bulls have traded away two-way star Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, signifying they are choosing to rebuild. The Bulls sent Butler and the 16th overall pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th overall pick. Dunn and LaVine are two young and athletic players who still have plenty of time to develop and grow. The clear concern with the trade is the Bulls gave up and proven player for an injured LaVine and Dunn who had a less than stellar rookie year. With the 7th pick the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen from Arizona, a 7-footer who can shoot the ball well with a high release.
Butler made it clear he did not want to get traded, expressing his love for the organization and the city throughout all the trade rumors. The potential silver lining for Butler is he is now reunited with Tom Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach who helped Butler develop into the player he is today. The Timberwolves look to have an impressive team filled with young athletic talent which now features the veteran leadership of Butler. The initial feel is the Bulls got swindled by the Timberwolves, however only time will tell if the Bulls or the Timberwolves received the better deal. To read more on the newest Bull, Lauri Markkanen, click here.