It finally happened.
Dating back to last year’s NBA Draft, there have been rumors that former Marquette Golden Eagle Jimmy Butler would be on the move from the Chicago Bulls. During Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the rumors came true.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s KC Johnson, Butler is heading from Chicago to Minnesota for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the #7 pick in the Draft. Dunn, you may remember is a former two-time Big East Player of the Year with the Providence Friars.
The Bulls have agreed in principle to deal Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, per source.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 22, 2017
The Bulls are getting Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th pick, per sources. Bulls keep 16th pick.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 22, 2017
Ironically enough, the exact same rumor last year during the Draft had to do with Butler going to Minnesota for Dunn and LaVine. Former Bulls coach and current Timberwolves coach/president Tom Thibodeau is incredibly high on Butler, and has been since Butler was drafted.
Butler leaves behind quite a legacy in his short time in Chicago, making three NBA All-Star teams, three All-Defensive Second Team appearances, and an appearance on the All-NBA Third Team just this past season.
As the Bulls enter rebuild mode, look for the former Marquette star to continue his strong play with his new team.