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Celtics Unwilling To Trade No. 3 In 2017 Or Brooklyn's 2018 Pick To Bulls For Jimmy Butler

Jun 22, 2017 8:46 PM

The Boston Celtics were unwilling to trade either the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft nor the Brooklyn Nets' pick in 2018 to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls instead pivoted to trade Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, acquiring the No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have long sought a superstar player, but continue to be reluctant to part with their assets.

The Celtics also plan on pursuing Gordon Hayward in free agency, which could have complicated their calculus on Butler.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Wolves For No. 7, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn

Jun 22, 2017 7:39 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached agreement with the Chicago Bulls on a trade for Jimmy Butler ad the No. 16 pick, giving up Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7.

The two sides also discussed a deal last offseason.

Butler will join a Wolves' core that also features Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Minnesota has pursued trading Ricky Rubio at various points in the past and it's unclear how the trade impacts his future.

Butler can become a free agent in 2019. Due to the trade, Butler is no longer eligible for a supermax extension. Butler will have to wait until 2021 to sign a 35 percent max contract.

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Celtics refused to offer either No. 3 or Brooklyn's pick in 2018 in exchange for Butler.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets

Jun 22, 2017 6:12 PM

The Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls were engaged with the Phoenix Suns on Eric Bledsoe trade talks leading to the draft.

If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Bledsoe.

Chris Haynes adds the talks with Denver would feature Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick.

Josh Jackson is a more likely pick at No. 4 if Bledsoe is not dealt.

Bledsoe signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns in 2014.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, De'Aaron Fox, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Jun 22, 2017 1:12 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are believed to be considering using the No. 7 pick as part of a trade package to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves and Bulls discussed a trade at last year's draft.

Butler has expressed a desire to remain with Chicago amid interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tom Thibodeau coached Butler during his tenure with the Bulls.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves also have interest in trading for George. Wojnarowski reported shortly before the start of the draft that George talks were centered on Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and picks.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest

Jun 22, 2017 11:52 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

Cleveland was attempting to recruit a third team to take on Kevin Love to send the type of rebuilding assets the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls seek.

"Nope. Not happening," said Brian Windhorst. "The Cavs were not generating enough trade interest in Kevin Love."

The Cavaliers acquired Love in 2014 in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Cleveland then re-signed Love on a five-year, $110 million contract in 2015. Love has been the least valuable part of the Cavaliers' Big 3 and there are long-term concerns about his deficiencies on defense and his injury history.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Warned Off Cavaliers As Kyrie Irving Could Push For Trade

Jun 21, 2017 12:23 PM

Jimmy Butler was ready to push the Chicago Bulls to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he has been warned by several of their players who had been recruiting him to stay away.

The Cavaliers did not retain David Griffin as general manager and the franchise suddenly is in a volatile situation.

Kyrie Irving has been contacting some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know he might be willing to push for a trade from the Cavaliers. Irving has let it be known that he would have interest in being traded to the Bulls.

The Bulls don't have enough assets to acquire Irving without involving a third team.

“Jimmy wants to win, period,’’ a source said. “Whatever it takes to get that done.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Remains Committed To Bulls

Jun 20, 2017 8:21 PM

Jimmy Butler remains intent on staying with the Chicago Bulls and helping them return to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in trading for Butler, but they were informed he would be reluctant to commit to them in the long-term.

The Boston Celtics have also expressed interest in trading for Butler.

Chicago has appeared indecisive on whether to continue building around Butler or engaging in a rebuild.

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Dwyane Wade Exercises $24M Player Option With Bulls

Jun 20, 2017 6:20 PM

The Chicago Bulls have been informed by Dwyane Wade he will pick up his $24 million player option for the 17-18 season.

Wade told the Bulls he has no interesting in being part of a rebuilding project, but his decision on the player option will be made independent of whether they trade Jimmy Butler.

Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Prefer Bulls To Move On From Rajon Rondo

Jun 20, 2017 12:46 PM

During their meetings with the Chicago Bulls' front office, both Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade expressed the sentiment that they would like to move on from "Three Alphas" experiment.

While both Butler and Wade have no issue with Rondo personally, they would like the Bulls to have a point guard who could spread the floor.

Chicago can pick up their option on Rondo worth $13.397 million for 17-18.

Butler has recruited Kyle Lowry about joining the Bulls.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers

Jun 20, 2017 11:03 AM

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have reached out to Jimmy Butler directly and through back channels over the past five days to gauge his interest in joining them with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Butler could even push the Chicago Bulls' front office to trade him to the Cavaliers. Butler has told Gar Forman and John Paxson numerous times that he doesn't want to be traded.

A third team would need to be involved in making a Butler to Cleveland trade possible. The Phoenix Suns have interest in trading their lottery pick for Kevin Love, which could help facilitate the Cavs' efforts for Love.

“Jimmy wants to win, period,’’ a source said. “Whatever it takes to get that done.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Found Lottery Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love, Possibly From Suns
The Suns may have been the team ready to trade for Kevin Love.

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Dwyane Wade Likely To Stay With Bulls On $24M Player Option
Dwyane Wade's decision on his player option will be made independent of whether they trade Jimmy Butler.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Cavaliers Attempting To Trade For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is signed through 18-19.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Hold Preliminary Trade Talks With Bulls On Jimmy Butler
The Wolves and Bulls held Jimmy Butler talks last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Hope To Trade No. 3 To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking the No. 3 pick from the 76ers for Jimmy Butler.

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks
Andre Iguodala could command as much as $20 million annually on the open market.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Discusses Future During Meeting With Bulls
The Bulls expect Dwyane Wade to opt in.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Fred Hoiberg Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job
Fred Hoiberg recently completed his second season in the NBA with the Bulls.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Jimmy Butler Hires Bernie Lee As Agent
Jimmy Butler was previously represented by Happy Walters.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Still 'Loves It' In Chicago
The Bulls have conveyed to Jimmy Butler that they're not looking to move him but must listen to any reasonable offer.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Expect Dwyane Wade To Exercise $23.8M Player Option
Dwyane Wade is unlikely to command that type of salary on the open market this offseason.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Rajon Rondo Believes Bulls Would Have Swept Celtics If He Didn't Get Hurt
The Bulls struggled to manufacture efficient offense once Rajon Rondo was hurt.

Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Not Looking To Trade Jimmy Butler
The Bulls would like to pair Jimmy Butler with a downhill point guard.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Likely To Exercise $13.4M Option On Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo appeared to have no future with the Bulls during the middle of the season but he proved to be invaluable over the final stretch

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Unlikely To Make Major Changes In Offseason
The Bulls are likely to stay the course with Jimmy Butler.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

John Paxson Could Take Bigger Role In Bulls' Front Office Again
The Bulls will retain John Paxson, Gar Forman and Fred Hoiberg, but there could be some structural changes.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo
The Bulls have yet to give Rajon Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls
Dwyane Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6
Rajon Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5
Rajon Rondo still hopes he could play in Game 6.

Jay King/Boston Herald