The Chicago Bulls pulled the trigger on the biggest move of the offseason trading Jimmy Butler and a draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and a draft pick. The move sends the message no fan base wants to hear: it’s rebuild time.
Bulls executive John Paxson used the world “rebuild” when discussing the blockbuster trade, ESPN reported. Thursday night marked the turning point in the Bulls organization.
Chicago was getting a lot of flak for the Butler trade. Chicago acquired Lavine who is coming off ACL surgery and Dunn who the Bulls coveted in last year’s draft. The Bulls knew exactly what they were doing in waiting for the last moment and finding a trade that was ideal for Butler and kickoff the start of the rebuild.
Butler will go to Minnesota and try to jump start his career with the coach he spent four seasons with — Tom Thibodeau. The reunion is going to be sweet. Butler joins a team with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The team is primed for a playoff run and now there is no excuses.
Chicago is ready for a change and Minnesota is on the up. It will be interesting to see where the offseason takes both teams.