Timberwolves Pursue Butler Deal, Dangle Pick

The Timberwolves are willing to move the No. 5 overall pick as the centerpiece of a trade package to acquire Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.com’s Chad Ford and Marc Stein. The Timberwolves are eager to reunite Chicago’s top scorer with new coach and former Bulls head man Tom Thibodeau and have told the Bulls they’re strongly interested in making such a deal if Butler is available, the story continues.

While Bulls are not believed to be shopping Butler, they are willing to listen to offers, Ford and Stein claim. The Bulls would demand a major package in return, which would likely translate to at least one front-line player in addition to a top lottery pick, sources told the ESPN duo. Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns would seemingly be untouchable but the Timberwolves have some other young talent to dangle, including Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng.

A multi-team trade scenario is also in play, according to the story. Butler has four years remaining on his five-year, $90MM contract.

The Celtics, who have three first-rounders including the No. 3 pick, are also angling to acquire Butler, according to Ford and Stein. The Bulls are high on Providence point guard Kris Dunn, a projected Top 5 selection, the story adds.

The Bulls would save $2.6MM on a trade kicker if they deal Butler this month, according to a tweet from Basketball Insiders’ Eric Pincus.

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Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago

Zach Lavine and the pick is enough for Butler

jak9dmb
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jak9dmb
3 months 13 days ago

if so, he’ll end up on the Celtics. they can offer a better pick (or picks), and can/will offer better players than Laine
I’d expect it’d take No. 5 and Wiggins

Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago

Better picks then Lavine? I understand the Boston pick being better then Lavine and that’s possibly but the other picks? I don’t know, Lavine if given a permanent starting role next season will breakout into a flamethrower, might be a mix of Klay/Crawford, if I’m the Bulls I’m jumping on a Lavine and number 5 offer and drafting Jaylen to be the SF with Zach at the 2 and Rose running point.

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

The 3 and Jae Crowder is light years better, especially when you look at what the Bulls value.

The Wolves getting Butler is probably a pipe dream, but if it’s possible it starts with Wiggins.

Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago

Wiggins is a hall of fame talent along with Towns, there is no possibly way Minnesota considers dealing Wiggins, let’s just get that out of the way, it’s scary even typing about it, NO WAY.

alproof
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alproof
3 months 13 days ago

Agreed. Minn nuts to trade Wiggins. Chi crazy to take a draft pick straight up for Butler, whether 3 or 5. Chi does need a little shakeup. Butler would make Minn legit; need a big man too there.

Shane
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Shane
3 months 13 days ago

Wiggins is a HOF talent? Do you just remember the hype and not actually watch bball?

The way this league is going, he needs to develop a 3 pt shot. He’s also tall and long but doesn’t rebound. One of the worst rebounding forwards in the league – and back to the 3pt thing, shot under 2 p/g at a .310 clip.

You watching the Finals?

Stromalama
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Stromalama
3 months 13 days ago

Didn’t Boston say Crowder was untouchable during the trade deadline last year?

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

You guys are missing the point. The Bulls are not selling Butler. He is their franchise player, one of the top ten players in basketball, is young, and is signed long term. There is no scenario where they sell him off for anything less than other generational talent + a top pick.

If you want to acquire him, it’s at a high cost Wiggins, or Crowder, or whatever other piece you think is untouchable. Because the Bulls are just fine not dealing him and trying other ways to improve.

sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

And reports are saying just that. Bulls not looking to deal Butler, would require Wiggins to even discuss.

Hitman
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Hitman
3 months 13 days ago

Wiggins lol lol lol.. keep dreaming. Wiggins is already twice as good as Butler.

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

LOL.

Butler probably represents Wiggins ceiling, with no guarantee he gets there.

Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago

Wiggins will be way better then Butler in the future, Wiggins has Kobe potential

sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

HAHAHAHA

Right.

IF anyone looks like the next Kobe, a true two way player at the guard position, it’s Jimmy Butler. But even that is a ridiculous comparison.

Wiggins will be LUCKY to be as good as Jimmy Butler is right now.

Stromalama
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Stromalama
3 months 13 days ago

Not even close.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
3 months 11 days ago

So Lavine is now close to the value of Jimmy? Teams don’t take chances on value of picks like that. I think it’d take Wiggins and the pick. We can have as much hope for Wiggins in the world but there’s always a chance he doesn’t work and the pick could be a bust. The Wolves would be getting a legitimate max player on a contract that will start looking like a steal as the cap rises. Lavine’s a fine player but the Bulls aren’t giving up their future for him and an unproven rookie

cubsfan2489
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cubsfan2489
3 months 13 days ago

I would trade him in a minute. His head has gotten waaaaaaay to big since he started hanging out with Markie Mark. Send him to the wolves, Thibs will love having Jimmy back and he’ll probably sign Noah. Plus, he’ll give up a crap ton for Jimmy. DO IT!!

Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago

If the Wolves get Butler they are instantly a top 5 Seed in the West next year, they would have 3 elite defenders in Butler,Wiggins, and Towns who are all 2 way players and that’s a serious big 3 right there coached by one hell of a defensive mastermind. Zach Lavine would destroy in Chicago starting alongside Rose plus they can use that pick on Jaylen Brown and slot him at the 3. Rose-Lavine-Brown-Gasol-Noah(assuming Noah and Gasol come back) that looks phenomenal

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

Except they can’t get Butler and keep both Wiggins and Towns. Butler is young on a long term deal. The Bulls aren’t going to deal him without getting a high pick and a young superstar. They, rightfully so, regard Butler as one of the top ten players in the league.

Priggs89
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Priggs89
3 months 13 days ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about if you think Wiggins or Towns will go anywhere in a deal for a player not named LeBron.

That being said, if I’m in the Bulls front office, I’d rather try to make a deal with Boston or Philly.

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

I simply don’t think this deal is getting done. It’s just as ludicrous to assume the rest of the Wolves roster + the fifth pick is enough for one of the best players in basketball. It’s one of those two, or no deal at all.

Hitman
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Hitman
3 months 13 days ago

Exactly lol.. dumbasses need to put the pipe down if they think the wolves are trading Wiggins.

Vegandork
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Vegandork
3 months 13 days ago

people need to put the pipe down if they think Jimmy Butler is traded without giving up high end star talent.

Stromalama
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Stromalama
3 months 13 days ago

Both Gasol and Noah aren’t coming back.

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
3 months 13 days ago

Here is the flaw: “assuming Gasol and Noah come back”. Oh, and Bulls taking Lavine, salaries don’t match.

SilvioDante
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SilvioDante
3 months 13 days ago

Butler and Gibson for Wiggins, Dieng and #5. Then ship Rose to Philly for Noel and #24.

Enai
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Enai
3 months 13 days ago

Dream on. Wiggins is not being traded under any circumstances.

smittybanton
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smittybanton
3 months 13 days ago

LOL. Sixers will take Rose’s $22M and Dunleavy off your hands if you also give us SAC17.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 13 days ago

Towns is obviously unavailable, and I think Wiggins might be deemed unavailable to unless the Bulls throw in one of McDermott/Mirotic/Moore. The #5 pick, Dieng, LaVine, and Pekovic (to help match the salaries) for Butler and maybe Dunleavy or another contract to dump sounds like a decent deal to me but I’m probably off on value going to the Bulls. Maybe throw in/swap in Rubio if the Bulls like him a lot, but I don’t imagine they’d want him if Rose is still on the roster.

Priggs89
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Priggs89
3 months 13 days ago

The Bulls will throw in all 3 of those players for Wiggins.

Hitman
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Hitman
3 months 13 days ago

Except Wiggins is not being traded.. especially for Butler..

sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

You got that backwards. It’s Wiggins PLUS the pick to even sniff Butler’s value.

South_Side757
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South_Side757
3 months 13 days ago

If they do not move Butler or Rose, GAR-PAX should be terminated immediately. Wiggins, Dieng

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
3 months 13 days ago

They should just be terminated. And then fired.

Enai
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Enai
3 months 13 days ago

Sorry folks, but Andrew Wiggins won’t be part of any trade the Wolves consider or offer. He and Towns are completely untouchable.

sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

Yep. And the Wolves will carry mostly the same roster to a lottery selection too.

Z-A
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Z-A
3 months 13 days ago

I don’t see Rubio as a talent anymore. Overrated and overpaid and overly injured. The wolves won’t give up enough to get Butler. I think its the Celtics or Sixers that end up with him IF he is traded. Celtics 3rd + a guard. Sixers Okafor or Noel + their 2 firsts. Price is cheaper if Love is a Celtic though imo.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 13 days ago

How does the #3 plus Smart/Bradley get Butler? A Celtics deal for Butler starts at the #3 pick and Crowder…with other pieces also being involved. I also don’t see how Okafor/Noel plus #24/#26 (presumably the first round picks in question) is enough for Butler. If you meant the #1 pick plus one of #24/#26 and Okafor/Noel, then that could be enough but I don’t see the 76ers trading the #1 pick.

sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

You’re right on the Celtics. It would have to be Crowder #3. I’m pretty sure he was suggesting #1 overall plus one of Okafor/Noel and one of the later picks for Butler and Chicago’s pick, which seems to make some sense.

Nat
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Nat
3 months 13 days ago
This is actually a huge moment for the Wolves and Celtics, both teams have big plans obviously. It’s going to be an interesting offseason. The Celtics can offer better picks but I think the Wolves can offer better players. Only thing is, I’d be hesitant to break up such a young and talented group in Minnesota. I think they should just draft another young player like Murray or Bender or Brown or hope a talented 4 becomes available to them via draft or trade. Oddly enough I think Kevin Love would be a good fit, unlikely though. I think Butler… Read more »
Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
3 months 13 days ago

3 team trade – Bulls/Wolves/Sixers. Wiggins ends up on the Sixers. They wanted him before the draft and obviously missed out. He will be calling Philly home in the next 12 months. Heard it here first.

Nat
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Nat
3 months 13 days ago

Heard what here?
What’s the trade?
Wiggins goes to philly for free? Picks? Players? A washing machine?

Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
3 months 13 days ago

Yes, for free. The Wolves will just give him to the Sixers to be nice.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 13 days ago
What are the Bulls getting? What are the Wolves getting? Who are the Sixers giving up that is even close in value to Wiggins (since Wiggins is more valuable than pretty much every asset on the 76ers, with the #1 pick being of very similar value, and I would argue Wiggins is more valuable than the #1 since he’s a proven player). Making some absurd claim doesn’t mean its going to happen. Although I do love how the reasoning on how Wiggins ends up in Philly is because they wanted him. I’m sure other teams want Noel/Saric/Okafor…maybe they could just… Read more »
Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
3 months 13 days ago

The Bulls get to replace Butler with John Paxson moving from the front office back to playing. Also, Jay Williams will make a comeback. Eddie Curry too.

Nat
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Nat
3 months 13 days ago

I also think they trade Butler because Noah and Gasol will leave and force their hand a little bit into a rebuild, and I think it’s time anyway. Rose is no longer MVP caliber, probably not even All-Star caliber. When healthy that team can’t compete with the top 4 teams in the west or the Cavs

jeremy
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jeremy
3 months 13 days ago

I think bulls might of jump the gun on firing tibs. Maybe he wasn’t the problem maybe the roster needed a shake up. Like you said rose isn’t the MVP rose anymore because of his health. Maybe he could be close to what he was but who know how his health will hold up

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
3 months 13 days ago

Ya think?

Dionis
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Dionis
3 months 13 days ago
Even if Rose may not be MVP caliber you do not trade a player like Rose, he is a Bull for life. I’m still not giving up on him, he is a true leader and knows how to lead a team, trading Rose means automatic rebuild for Chicago, they should not take that route. Rose/Butler alone makes the Bulls a playoff team next season considering both play at least 65 games, all they need to do is sign Dwight Howard and go with Mirotic at the 4. They can draft Denzen Valentine to play the 3 or place Butler there… Read more »
sportingdissent
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3 months 13 days ago

You are literally the only person thinking this. Rose is statistically the worst starting point in the league for two years running now, if the Bulls can’t trade him they should consider releasing him.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 13 days ago

Is he really worse than Jose Calderon? Or whoever the Sixers are throwing out there (Ish Smith, McConnell, etc)? I’d rather take an expensive, worn down Rose over those guys at least.

sportingdissent
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3 months 12 days ago

Technically Calderon wouldn’t qualify statistically because of so many missed games two years ago. But if you add him in, sure. He’s worse. It doesn’t change the fact that Derrick Rose is effectively the 45th or so best PG in basketball depending on what metric you look at, being eclipsed by even half the backups in the league for two years straight.

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