During the draft tonight, the Chicago Bulls pulled the trigger and dealt All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the seventh overall pick in the NBA Draft, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Now, Jimmy Butler will reunite with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. Thibodeau was Butler’s head coach in Chicago from 2011 through 2015.
Furthermore, the Timberwolves get a great all-around player that can drop 25+ points a game and provide excellent defense, which the Timberwolves lacked. Butler averaged 23.9 points, 5.5 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game in 76 games while playing 37 minutes per game. He also shot 45 percent from the field and 86 percent on free throws.
Next, this is the start of the turnaround in Minnesota with Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns leading the charge on the court.
Finally, expect the Timberwolves to retain Ricky Rubio and add some bench help to put the team back in the playoff hunt.