Welcome to The Truda Report everybody. Today, just like yesterday, I'll be breaking down the reasoning for the Jimmy Butler trade. Yesterday I went through why the Bulls wanted to do the trade, so make sure to check that out if you missed it. Today I'll be going through the reasons the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to make these moves, and tomorrow I'll be giving my opinion on the trade. Stay tuned for that. For updates concerning when I post these articles, follow my Instagram @thetrudareport.
The Chicago Bulls received last years 5th overall pick Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, and this years 7th overall selection which was Lauri Markkanen. The Minnesota Timberwolves received 2 time All Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall selection which was Justin Patton.
Breaking Down the Trade:
For the T-Wolves, there was obviously a lot to gain and not much to lose. This roster was full of young talent, and they just needed one veteran to help put them into Playoff contention. Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins can't do it alone, so enter Jimmy Butler.
Butler is a two time All Star, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Most Improved Player award, was on the 2016 All NBA Defensive second team, and is easily a top 15 player in the league (most would put him top 10, but I'm playing it safe). Butler is a top 5 two way threat in this league, and his work ethic is unmatched. After being selected with the last pick in the first round, Butler worked his way to were he is now. Butler on this T-Wolves team reunites him with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau, who helped bring him to the point where he is today. This means Butler will have his full potential brought out, and this will be huge for Minnesota. Although they have many young play makers, they haven't been great defensively. Jimmy G. Buckets can help change that, as well as increase their offensive output. He is a HUGE acquisition.
Minnesota also got Justin Patton with the 16th overall pick in the draft. Patton won't make much of an impact as a rookie due to Karl Anthony Towns being the clear starter, but Patton's offensive versatility could earn him some minutes off the bench. Although selecting 16th isn't considered a great pick, this was huge for the Timberwolves because it means despite giving up two young assets and a draft pick, they get a young player back alongside Jimmy Butler.
Overall, this could end up being the steal of the off season for the Timberwolves. If the teams chemistry clicks and progress the way it's expected, the Bulls front office could be left looking foolish. TO HEAR WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS TRADE MAKE SURE TO READ MY ARTICLE TOMORROW.
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