NBA rumors surrounding the Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler have toned down the past couple of weeks but they are back again. According to the latest round of speculations, the Bulls may be trading Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft.
Even though there were reports that the Bulls will wait next season to know what to do with their two-time All-Star, they could be persuaded in doing a trade if a great offer comes. They are set to lose Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah in free agency and Derrick Rose may also want to get out of Chicago.
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William Bohl of A Wolf Among Wolves suggested a trade that might infuriate many Timberwolves fan. The scenario will have the Bulls sending Jimmy Butler to Minnesota in exchange for Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and fifth overall pick in the draft.
It kind of makes sense for both teams with Chicago having LaVine as the new shooting guard, Dieng replacing Noah in the middle and another young talent via the draft. On the other hand, the Timberwolves lineup will have Ricky Rubio, Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and possibly, Joakim Noah.
As mentioned in a previous report, Noah is also linked with Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves. There are rumors saying that the 31-year-old has already told his teammates he is done in Chicago and he will be leaving in free agency.
Daniel Coughlin of Pippen Ain’t Easy also suggested his own version of a trade with the Bulls acquiring Rubio, Dieng and the fifth pick for Butler and the 14th pick. It is still unclear what the Thibodeau’s plan is for the Timberwolves, but Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports that Minnesota is actively shopping their fifth overall pick.
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However, it should be noted that these are all suggestions and speculations at the moment. There is also the rift between Thibodeau and the Bulls front office that a deal between them being made is close to impossible.
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