Why Didn’t The Timberwolves Trade Kris Dunn And Zach LaVine For Jimmy Butler?

06.23.16 2 years ago 2 Comments
Jimmy Butler, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine

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The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft. Providence point guard Kris Dunn is everything Tom Thibodeau wants in a point guard. He’s a big, athletic floor general with natural court sense and the ability to be an all-league defender.

What’s not to like?

The Chicago Bulls didn’t know the answer, either, and were reportedly engaged in serious discussions with Minnesota on a trade that would have sent Dunn to the Windy City in exchange for All-Star wing Jimmy Butler. The only thing holding it up? Chicago’s insistence that Zach Lavine was included in the deal for Butler as opposed to Ricky Rubio.

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