Timberwolves get Jimmy Butler in trade with Bulls

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau talks about the the big trade night move that brought Jimmy Butler to Minnesota sent Zach LaVine & Kris Dunn to Chicago.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired three-time All-Star forward Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and the draft rights to center Justin Patton, the No. 16 selection in this year’s draft.

The Timberwolves traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall draft pick.

The trade means a reunion for Butler and Tom Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core.

The Wolves paid a big price to land Butler. They gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year's No. 5 overall pick in addition to the lottery pick this year. 

Butler, 27, owns career averages of 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals. The Houston, Texas, native has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times. Butler was the Bull's 30th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Marquette University.

Patton, 6-11, played one season at Creighton, averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. The Riverdale, Georgia, native was named Big East Freshman of the Year honors. Patton, 20, led the Big East and ranked second nationally with a field goal percentage of 67.6%, which stands as the highest field goal percentage of any freshman from a major conference in NCAA history, according to a news release from the Timberwolves.

© 2017 Associated Press


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