Wow, Jimmy Butler is gone.
After being involved in trade rumors for over a year now, the Chicago Bulls have finally pulled the trigger.
The Chicago Bulls have traded All-star guard Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the No.7 overall pick, first reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bulls and Timberwolves were in “advanced talks” during last year’s draft in a trade for Butler. The Bulls were eyeing Dunn to be their future point guard and now they got him.
LaVine, recovering from a torn ACL, averaged 18.9 points per game last season. The former first round pick shot 38% from beyond the arc last season. The Bulls were 28th in the league last season in that category so adding a shooter had to be a priority in the deal. LaVine is also a very explosive player and a rising star in the NBA.
The Bulls finally did it. They have picked a direction. While Butler was a fan favorite and the new face of the Bulls after Derrick Rose left, the Bulls knew they had a chance to hit the rebuild button with trading Butler.
Bulls fans – you may be sad, you may be happy, or you may be indifferent. But one thing is certain, Gar Forman and John Paxson have picked a direction.