The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Kris Dunn in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft but rumors are swirling that Dunn could be used by the Timberwolves as part of a trade chip to lure the Chicago Bulls to ship Jimmy Butler.
The deal according to Sham Charania of The Vertical as reported by UPROXX noted that the proposed trade broke down as the Bulls turned down the initial offer the Timberwolves laid out of giving Dunn together with Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick in exchange for Butler. The Bulls rejected the offer and wanted the inclusion of Zach LaVine and the No. 5 pick and not Rubio.
The 21-year old LaVine got the interest of Bulls, who are trying to rebuild their roster after they traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks together with Justin Holiday, a 2017 second round pick to get Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant in return. Getting LaVine would provide a deeper roster in the coming season.
LaVine has averaged 14.0 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game this season, which are a bit higher than his career average of 12.1 points while his assists high at 3.3, and a steady 2.8 rebounds.
If the proposed trade goes through, the Timberwolves will take in Butler, who will be reunited with his former Bulls’ coach, Tom Thibodeau. The would-be reunion would also spark interest from Bulls’ center Joakim Noah, who is an unrestricted free agent.
As the proposed trade hits a road block, one thing is certain. The Timberwolves wants to ship out Rubio. It seems that the 25-year-old Spanish point guard is not a perfect fit for Thibodeau’s system. Thus, the Timberwolves are looking for a much better point guard, who could blend in with the new system.
Though the talks between the Timberwolves and the Bulls might have seen a logjam, it will not prevent the Timberwolves from looking elsewhere to offload Rubio from their roster. This could be an opportunity for the Philadelphia 76ers to explore as the draft night progresses.
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