Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves

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The people spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

The actual return the Chicago Bulls received for Jimmy Butler did not reflect the reported trade market for him. Butler gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core.

The Wolves paid a big price: Besides surrendering the lottery pick, they gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year's No. 5 overall pick. For his career, LaVine is averaging 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 206 games and shooting.445 overall, .378 from 3-point range and.821 from the stripe. The addition of Butler could help them make the playoffs, in a stacked Western Conference. But they addressed their biggest question with one huge move on Thursday. Chicago originally drafted Butler with the 30th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Marquette University. With Butler off the floor, they played like a 20-win team last season.

The Wolves drafted Arizona sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen for the Bulls at No. 7 and the Bulls took Creighton forward Justin Patton at No. 16 for the Wolves.

Patton, from Nebraska, averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The one positive for Dunn was that he managed a 10-point, 16-assist season finale against a Rockets team that had nothing to play for but still won.

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.

As a member of the Timberwolves, Butler will be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau.

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Before the trade, Butler reportedly made it clear multiple times that he didn't want to be traded, but without a no-trade clause in his five-year, $95 million contract he signed two summers ago, the ball really wasn't in his court on this one.

It's clear the Bulls have given up on rebuilding around Butler, to the agony of Bulls fans.

"You have to remember that bringing (Butler) in itself is probably not the end of the thing", Taylor said. His three-point shooting ability is without a doubt his greatest gift, and there's no question he'd fit in today's National Basketball Association, where skyscraping snipers are highly valued.

He also lived at the free-throw line, attempting 8.9 foul shots a night and converting them at an 86.5 percent clip.

Butler, who turns 28 in September, was a third-team, All-NBA pick this year.

The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. That doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the effort to try another path, however, hoping for more than pointless.500 seasons and first-round playoff exits.

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