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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #23

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 231
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Butler praised Tom Thibodeau for molding him into the "player I am today."
Hear that, Fred Hoiberg? Jokes aside, the Thibs-Jimmy connection has always been strong, and we expect that will continue now that the pair is reunited in Minnesota. Butler has also already embraced his new home, and he'll have no problem sliding alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins as the Timberwolves present their own version of a big three. Jun 30 - 7:57 PM

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The Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

It's a blockbuster night. Coach Tom Thibodeau helped make Jimmy the player that he is and now he'll get him as the 2017 All-Star version. Butler will undoubtedly see huge minutes and he'll get to play next to the best offensive big man he's seen in Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler was able to sustain a high usage rate next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, so he should still be in the upper 20s with elite scoring and a little bit of everything. The Wolves had better make the playoffs this year.

The Wolves are close to acquiring Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Whoa boy. This has been the hot story for a few hours and the Wolves would almost certainly be using their No. 7 pick. The Wolves are also likely to include Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine (knee) and/or perhaps other pieces. Coach Tom Thibodeau would be getting his guy and would likely play him a ton.
Jun 22 - 7:40 PM

The Bulls and Timberwolves are "seriously engaged" in trade talks centered around Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and draft picks are reportedly on the table, but Minnesota doesn't want to part with Andrew Wiggins in any deal. The Celtics have reportedly dropped out of talks involving Butler, at least for now, and the Wolves appear to have a real shot at him. We'll know for sure within the next few hours.
Jun 22 - 6:48 PM

The Celtics are currently not included among teams looking to trade for Jimmy Butler, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

This report says the Celtics haven't been included for a while. To be clear, a lot of things can change here, but for now it seems like the Celtics are going after Kristaps Porzingis or perhaps someone else. The Bulls are considering a trade with a team owning a high pick as they look to go after De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson.
Jun 22 - 6:09 PM

The Nuggets have spoken with the Bulls about a trade for Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

This report adds that Nikola Jokic is not going to be included. Perhaps no team has deeper well of young assets than the Nuggets with guys like Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley all showing promise in their rookie seasons. They also have fantasy favorite Gary Harris, who has been an outstanding two-way player for three years. We'll have more Jimmy rumors on the way.
Jun 22 - 5:34 PM

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Wolves are considering using their No. 7 pick in a package to pry Jimmy Butler away from Chicago.

The Wolves have been interested in Butler for over a year, but according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, this offer wouldn't be good enough -- Johnson said the Wolves would need to include a talented player(s) and a future first rounder as well. Along with Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George, Butler will be one of the most popular names floating around at tonight's draft.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 1:26 PM

According to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell on Sportscenter, the Suns and Wolves are "teams to focus on" as potential trade partners for Jimmy Butler.

Friedell mentioned that the Celtics are also still in the mix, which is fairly obvious at this point. With regards to the Wolves and Suns, there's the connection between coach Tom Thibodeau and Butler while the Suns have a slew of young players from the last two drafts along with the No. 4 pick this year. Butler probably won't be dealt before the draft, but this is going to be a huge story to watch today.
Jun 22 - 11:50 AM

According to sources of Sam Amico, there is "zero truth" to reports stating that Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from Cleveland.

An earlier report implied that Cleveland's Big 3 could be headed towards an early breakup after the unexpected ouster of David Griffin, but it's always good to be skeptical of reports quoting anonymous sources from opposing teams, particularly when there's incentive for one team to spin the facts. In other words, we're not buying the rumor that the Cavs are telling Butler to stay away from Cleveland.
Jun 21 - 12:16 PM

Some players within the Cavs organization are reportedly warning Jimmy Butler to stay away from what has suddenly become a volatile situation in Cleveland.

According to sources of Joe Cowley of the Sun Times, Kyrie Irving has reached out to some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade in wake of the David Griffin firing, hinting that Cleveland's big three could be headed for an early breakup. However, it's worth pointing out that this article is based on quotes from anonymous sources without any direct evidence from management on either side of the equation, so take it with a grain of salt.
Jun 21 - 12:02 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jimmy Butler "hopes to stay with the Bulls" even though the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested."

Cleveland engaged the Bulls on a possible Butler trade before parting ways with GM David Griffin, but Stein adds that Butler would be "reluctant" to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler "remains intent" on leading the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence, so unlike Indiana's situation with Paul George, Chicago still has a lot of leverage in trade talks for any team that tries to pry Butler away from Chicago. On a side note, Dwyane Wade must be relieved to hear this -- he exercised his player option for 2017-18 season on Tuesday.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 8:34 PM

The Bulls are reportedly "actively shopping" Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls apparently want to jump start their rebuild, and the Cavs and Celtics appear to be the frontrunners to land Butler's services should a deal go through. Chicago management reportedly want to free head coach Fred Hoiberg of Butler, as they haven't really meshed, which is a rather strange direction to go considering Butler's skill set. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if Butler does get dealt, that would likely also result in Dwyane Wade opting out of his deal. Stay tuned.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 20 - 5:41 PM

The Timberwolves and Bulls reportedly made preliminary contact this week regarding a potential Jimmy Butler deal.

This isn't the first we've heard of Tom Thibodeau trying to orchestrate a trade to reunite with his former star pupil from his Chicago days, and while the Bulls asking price remains high, the Timberwolves do have the assets and interest to try and get this sort of deal done. In addition to Minnesota, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Phoenix could also make a play for Butler's services, and Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Cavs have been working on a multi-team deal that would net them Jimmy Buckets.
Jun 19 - 5:05 PM

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Jimmy Butler had a "positive" meeting with the Bulls on Monday.

After spending most of May working out in Los Angeles, Butler met with Chicago executives and it appears both sides are on the same page. The team wants to build the franchise around Butler, and he wants to stay (and win) in Chicago. If Butler makes an All-NBA team either of the next two seasons, the Bulls can offer him an extension worth approximately $246 million over five years. His name will continue to pop up in trade rumors, but it seems likely that Butler will stay put, at least for now.
Jun 6 - 9:41 AM

As expected, Jimmy Butler met with the Bulls front office on Monday.

It was reported last week that Butler would meet with the front office to discuss his future with the franchise, but it's still unclear how the meeting went. Nick Friedell of ESPN is reporting that "not much has really changed," so it still seems likely that he will remain with the Bulls. He has two years left on his deal with a player option for a third, so it's going to take a massive offer if any team wants to pry him away. Assuming he stays in Chicago, Butler is shaping up to be a first-round pick in standard leagues and has been a top-15 value on a per-game basis in three straight seasons.
Jun 5 - 11:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Melo Trimble
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Nemanja Bjelica
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Taj Gibson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Justin Patton
3Cole Aldrich