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NBA Rumors: Bulls-Wolves trade; Rajon Rondo to Minnesota, Ricky Rubio to Chicago

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Bulls does not want Ricky Rubio from Minnesota Timberwolves
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.

Is it time for the Minnesota Timberwolves to give up on Ricky Rubio as their starting point guard? Rajon Rondo could be available from the Chicago Bulls. Should the team dangle the Spanish point guard in exchange for the veteran?

One NBA analyst contends that Rubio would be a good fit in Chicago and that Minnesota should trade him because he has struggled in Tom Thibodeau’s slow and deliberate system. With the Bulls, Rubio could flourish in the faster offensive system of Fred Hoiberg.

T’Wolves, Bulls both struggling, expected to make trade before deadline

Both the Timberwolves and Bulls have disappointed in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Chicago was supposed to be one of the better teams in the weak East after acquiring Rondo and veteran Dwyane Wade in the offseason.

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But nothing has worked so far with the Bulls just 18-18 (eighth in the conference) this season. There are also the NBA rumors that Rondo will ask for a trade if he continues to be benched by Hoiberg. Additionally, Bulls’ franchise player Jimmy Butler is reportedly on the trading block, although these are all speculations at the moment.

Like Chicago, Minnesota was supposed to battle for a playoff spot this season. With new head coach and the rise of young guys Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves played below expectations.

The Timberwolves are 11-25 so far this season, tied for the worst record in the West and just a few games ahead of the lowly teams Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

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A straight Rajon Rondo for Ricky Rubio trade works under NBA trade rules. With Rubio being younger, the Bulls may need to send a draft pick to Minnesota to convince the Timberwolves to make this deal.

With both the Timberwolves and Bulls underperforming, expect these teams to be involved in more NBA rumors as the NBA trade deadline in February approaches.

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