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Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Chicago Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

"We didn't want to lose our draft choice," said owner Glen Taylor. "We really thought, as it turned out, moving down a number of notches didn't affect us too much. We still got a young guy (Justin Patton) with a lot of potential."

Taylor was asked whether the Wolves would have still done the deal if the Bulls insisted on keeping their pick at No. 16.

"No, we told them that would break the deal," said Taylor. 

Taylor also suggested the Wolves may have selected Lauri Markkanen at No. 7.

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Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent

Jun 23, 2017 8:40 PM

The Chicago Bulls remain undecided on whether to retain Rajon Rondo at his $13.4 million salary or waive him for his $3 million guarantee before June 30th.

Chicago values Rondo for his ability still, as well as his mentoring ability, but the Bulls will need to find minutes for Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne next season.

Sources say the Bulls are considering waiving Rondo before trying to re-sign him at a lower salary.

Rondo is expected to draw interest from the New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

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Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls

Jun 23, 2017 6:48 PM

With the Chicago Bulls rebuilding following their trade of Jimmy Butler, the future of Dwyane Wade with the franchise remains uncertain. Wade has already signed the paperwork on his $23.8 million player option for 17-18.

Wade could conceivably join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, or he could even return to the Miami Heat. In May, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Wade is open to considering a return at some point in his career.

"Dwyane Wade can apply pressure to be bought out and be bought out immediately," said Brian Windhorst on The Lowe Post.

"I don't think a return to Miami is necessarily impossible. It depends on what Dwyane wants to do. It depends on Dwyane wants to play a bit role on a serious contender, or he wants to set himself for another contract after this season. 

"If he went to Cleveland, for example, his role on the Cavs would be more as a supporting player, even a bench player. If he went to a different team he might be a starter, or still be able put up good numbers and position himself for one final contract."

Windhorst expects Wade to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

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Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 4:27 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal.

Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic.

Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

Chicago instead traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable

Jun 23, 2017 12:06 PM

While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the inability to sign a Designated Veteran Player Exception will be massive.

Butler will lose approximately $31 million over the life of a five-year contract he re-signs with the Wolves at 30 percent of the cap as opposed to 35 percent of the cap.

Butler was a third team All-NBA selection in 16-17.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M

Jun 22, 2017 11:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors bought the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million to select Jordan Bell out of Oregon.

On a day in which Jimmy Butler was traded by the Bulls, the franchise sold a draft pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade in 2014. The move saved the Bulls more than $20 million in salary and luxury tax at the time.

Golden State bought a pick last year that they used on Patrick McCaw.

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Dwyane Wade Still Exercising $23.8M Option With Bulls Despite Butler Trade

Jun 22, 2017 11:01 PM

Despite the Chicago Bulls' trade of Jimmy Butler on draft night, Dwyane Wade will stand by his decision to exercise his player option worth $23.8 million, sources tell Vincent Goodwill.

Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason in a surprising decision to part ways with the Miami Heat after 13 seasons.

Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 29.9 minutes per game in 60 appearances for Chicago.

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

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported Wade has already signed the paperwork on the player option.

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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.

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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.

Butler's trainer, Travelle Gaines, responded on Twitter with strong words against the Chicago front office.

"0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows," wrote Gaines.

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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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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
The Wolves and Bulls discussed a Jimmy Butler trade at last year's draft.

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Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest
The Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

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Jimmy Butler Warned Off Cavaliers As Kyrie Irving Could Push For Trade
Jimmy Butler has been warned by several Cavaliers who had been recruiting him to stay away.

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

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Dwyane Wade Exercises $23.8M Player Option With Bulls
Dwyane Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Prefer Bulls To Move On From Rajon Rondo
While Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade have no issue with Rondo personally, they would like the Bulls to have a point guard who could spread the floor.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers
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 Cavaliers.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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