Rebuild-a-Bulls: No Butler signals Chicago reset

Solenn Plantier
Juin 26, 2017

The Bulls announced that they traded Butler, as well as the No. 16 overall pick, to Minnesota in exchange for guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, as well as the No. 7 pick. Once we got back, I'll always remember him and Luol Deng would come in every night and I'd look down from my office and they'd be working out together. So let me be just a player for the Timberwolves, man.

There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bulls not getting enough in return from the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Jimmy Butler trade, but that may have something to do with teams knowing Butler's relationship with his coach had soured.

Already under fire for relinquishing the 16 pick in the Butler trade, the Bulls then sent away their second-round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors for $3.5 million in cash.

But Butler's accomplishments as a Bull shouldn't be overlooked. You can't get mad at anybody. There's nothing inherently wrong with that-the Celtics won 53 games a year ago, after all-but there's a good chance that hindsight will not be kind to the decisions that the Celtics have and haven't made so far this summer. They did so much for me, and gave me an opportunity to be as great as I could make myself. I do agree that we go about it differently, but I don't care what anyone thinks about me as a basketball player. One more all-league selection within the next two seasons would have qualified him for a designated-player exception under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Lavine was the Timberwolves' best shooter, but now he's in Chicago so maybe using Rubio as an asset for shooting isn't the worst idea ever. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I was drafted and when I played my first minutes. By leaving the Wolves, another team wouldn't have Butler's Bird Rights and could thus only sign him to a deal worth 30% of the cap, with 5% annual raises, over four years.

We'll get to that later. We thought they got some good young players, they got a good pick. This wasn't like swapping draft picks and two young guys for Butler when you wanted more.

While Butler may be happy about a change of scenery and reunion with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, the trade may have an huge impact on his future earnings.

And just as Hoiberg has been dealt an uneven hand, Butler wasn't given the type of roster that would accurately judge how he could flourish as a leader, max player and face of the franchise - and probably had less time to show one way or the other relative to his coach.

The Bulls plunged head-first into a rebuild with the decision, and now it's up to the Pacers to decide if they want to do the same. "It's not right. It's unprofessional, and he shouldn't have done it", he said.

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