Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves

Hope Soto
June 26, 2017

He was third-team, All-NBA this year, and one more all-league selection within the next two seasons would have qualified him for a designated-player exception under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Butler, who is now in Paris with current Bulls guard Dwyane Wade and former Bulls free agency target Carmelo Anthony, took to social media to pen one final goodbye to the city of Chicago and to the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls have traded three time All-Star Guard Jimmy Butler and the 16th draft pick to Minnesota, in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick.

Butler spoke to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times about being the face of the Bulls franchise.

A deal could still get done, and free agency is coming up, so we'll see what happens, but if this same team takes the ice in October, the same results will follow, an early playoff exit or not making the playoffs at all. I'm excited, man. I'm fortunate to wake up and be blessed to be an National Basketball Association player and be a halfway decent player in this league. "Whatever Coach (Hoiberg) wants me to play, that's how I'm gonna play". Do what I can for my respective organization and let them realize what I'm trying to do. "I guess being called the face of an organization isn't as good as I thought", he said.

"I completely disagree when someone takes a shot like that". Whose team is it? You know what I've learned? Over those two years, I project his production as worth about $90 million, giving Butler more than $50 million in surplus value to his team.

It's a fresh start for Butler and the Bulls, who made it clear after Thursday night that they've picked a lane and start anew in Chicago without Butler as the centerpiece.

"We were looking at all the possibilities", Thibodeau said.

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"I've been working on shooting National Basketball Association 3s and would say my range is better still than college 3s".

"The longer you are with somebody, the more deposits you have with each other, the trust is there", Thibodeau said.

"The implication in the question is that we are not honest, and it is not fair".

I wanted to take my training to the next level so I made a decision to use the Athletic Gaines program year around and I feel more explosive, a lot stronger and my conditioning level is up another notch.

In case you missed it, Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota last night. While Bernard Lee, Butler's agent, said Thibodeau and Butler form their own opinions of any person they meet based on what they observe.

If you don't know these names yet, the Bulls plan to help you get familiar. I'm not mad, I'm not. Butler says he's not mad, just that he didn't "like the way some things were handled".

When Butler was asked to summarize his relationships with Paxson, general manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg, he said: "I'm not getting into that. Well, it's not", Paxson said.

It can also be recalled that Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical recently tweeted: "Sources: Chicago's price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest. That should be the end of the discussion".

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