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Bulls Trade Butler To Wolves, Add LaVine, Dunn, Markkanen

Bulls Trade Butler To Wolves, Add LaVine, Dunn, Markkanen

It looks like Markkanen will end up playing in Chicago though as the Bulls are expected to trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick.

Butler was reportedly dealt from the Chicago Bulls for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, plus the No. 7 overall pick during Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, according to multiple outlets.

The LA Clippers have gauged the market on potentially trading All-Star defensive stalwart center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told ESPN.

Butler averaged career bests in points, rebounds, assists, and steals a year ago with the Bulls, but had his first break under Thibodeau. Oh, and don't count out the Denver Nuggets. If Butler eventually stick with the Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times analyst believes the next step for the GarPax is breakup "the Three Alphas' with Rondo likely the odd-man out". Butler then won the league's Most Improve Player award in 2014-'15, his first season as an All-Star.

The 22-year-old LaVine averaged 18.9 points per game in 47 games while shooting 38.7 percent on 3-pointers last season, which was cut short for him with a torn ACL in his left knee on February 4. The two sides engaged in serious discussions on draft night previous year, almost reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn - whom the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence - for Butler. It's also a sign that they're trying to give Hoiberg a roster that fits his pace-and-space offense, something they did not do in his first two seasons.




The 6-foot-4 Dunn, 23, averaged 3.8 points in his rookie season after he was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft. Not only that, but his ability to take and hit 3-pointers should ease some of the Bulls spacing issues.

It's a bold move for the Bulls as they try to climb in the Eastern Conference after getting knocked out of the playoffs by Boston in the first round.

With the Bulls diving headfirst into a rebuild, Wade could be a buyout candidate.

If the Wolves do stay at No. 7, Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac and Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen are two of the names most often mentioned in connection with the team.


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