Back from Europe, former Bulls player Jimmy Butler arrives in Minnesota

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During last night's NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and the #16 pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall pick.

While Butler may be happy about a change of scenery and reunion with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, the trade may have an huge impact on his future earnings.

The Bulls were always about making a push for the playoffs and even further over the last 9 seasons, regardless of who was playing for them and what their DL situation was. The guards in Lawrence's report fit the description and could make the team more interesting on the court.

Thibodeau coached Butler from 2011 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler will be making $18.6 million in '18-'19 which is a lot more than LaVine, but what a freaking bargain for one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was a "love-hate" relationship. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Butler was greeted at Minneapolis-St.

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The addition of Markkanen - a scoring force on the perimeter and in the post for Arizona - raises questions about the future of Nikola Mirotic, though Paxson said the Bulls intend to bring him back. At the very least, though, he'll serve as an adequate three-point shooter to a Bulls team that ranked 24th in three-point shooting last season.

Jimmy Butler will be 28 next season and he's in the middle of his prime. With a team like the Bulls engineering the trade, they deserve the vitriol, but a wait-and-see approach should always be given. Thibodeau is now the coach and president of the Timberwolves, and it appears he just fleeced Forman. The two sides engaged in serious discussions on draft night a year ago, almost reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn - whom the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence - for Butler.

Thibodeau's pleasure to have Butler on his roster shined through hours after the Wolves acquired the all-star forward in a draft-night deal.

Zach Lavine missed the remainder of the 2016-17 season after suffering a torn ACL in February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler. Minnesota also escapes Dunn, who put in an underwhelming rookie season.

The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. Despite a spirited effort, the Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wade opted in for the final year of his contract, but that isn't stopping Chicago from pivoting to a new, younger nucleus that includes LaVine, Dunn, Markkanen and Denzel Valentine.

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