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Bulls Officially Win The Jimmy Butler Trade

Last season Jimmy Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 regular season games and the Timberwolves were 37-22 with him in the lineup and 10-13 without him but chemistry issues with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and Butler’s desire to sign a lucrative extension prompted him to seek a meeting with head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau and although Butler is very close with him, he just requested a trade from Minnesota and has given them a very short list of teams he would be willing to consider a long-term extension with if he’s traded there.

Butler can opt out of his current contract after this season and become a free agent and it’s been reported that he will consider re-signing with the Knicks, Clippers or Nets.

The Timberwolves made Butler the centerpiece of their rebuild after trading Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls for him in the NBA Draft on June 22, 2017 but the team barely made the playoffs and fell short of expectations. Now Butler is on his way out after just one season in Minnesota, so the Timberwolves basically gave up Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen for 59 games of Jimmy Butler.

As for the Bulls, head coach Fred Hoiberg declared training camp, which starts on September 25, to be an “open competition” for starting jobs, though a lineup of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and either Robin Lopez or Wendell Carter Jr. is a given, barring injury, so it’s hard to argue that the Bulls won this trade.

The media and Bulls fans still talk about it, I wasn’t happy about the Butler trade, I really wanted him to win an NBA Championship in Chicago but LaVine, Dunn and Markkanen won me over with their play and the team is heading in the right direction.

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