One of the big winners of the 2017 NBA draft is the Minnesota Timberwolves. They stole Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, reunited him with his former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeaux. The trade The Chicago Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 pick for Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick. LaVine’s a low-end starter coming off an ACL injury, Dunn had a disappointing rookie season, and Minnesota even got a first-round pick later in the draft in exchange for the one they gave up. (At No. 7, Chicago took Lauri Markkanen a player whose a nice prospect but his ceiling doesn’t seem too high.)
Add that to their core of Karl Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins this makes for a scary good Wolves team in the deeper than deep Western Conference. They might not be done yet added to their mix, they are in talks for Paul George, maybe Kyle Lowery. It was assumed that Butler was a target of the Celtics and the fact that the Celtics have picks that could satisfy the Bulls trade demands for a talent like Butler it would have been the better route. The Timberwolves took advantage and made what look likes for now is a steal for them.
6 thoughts on “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Minnesota Timberwolves”
I love Jimmy Buckets, but the Bulls weren’t going anywhere with him. Problem is, they ain’t going anywhere without him either, lol. At least in the near future.
At least he is with a coach and system he knows now let’s see if he can elevate his game and make the Wolves top dog out in the western conference.
Minnesota is going to be fun to watch.
Oh. . . . I called that number Jimmy Butler gave out at his press conference, lol. Alas, I was too late to the party as it had been changed.
Nooo did you really ????
YES! Hey, it was there! I had to! I SO wanted to get him on the phone. That would’ve been amazing! But you know what? I love Jimmy Butler. I realize it was an in the moment faux paus, but how refreshing is it that a big time star pulls a neighborhood play like this? He might regret having to change his number, but I love how human he was in that moment.