• On the heels of Marc Stein’s report that a deal was close, the Chicago Tribune’s KC Johnson reports that the Bulls have agreed in principle to trade Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.

    Butler has strong ties with Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau and the two parties have been connected very heavily leading up to the draft. The Bulls are set to receive Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 selection in tonight’s draft while sending pick No. 16 to the Wolves along with Jimmy Buckets. Butler would provide Minnesota with a two-way stud and pairs nicely with just about any roster, let alone one led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Chicago gets a fresh start and their presumed backcourt of the future while Butler should vault Minnesota into the thick of the playoff picture. He might see fewer touches than he’s used to but should have no problem returning early-round fantasy value, while Dunn makes for an interesting late-round guy. Though his rookie year was far from encouraging he should be able to carve out a sizable role as the Bulls look to the future. LaVine, health permitting, should stick as a mid-round fantasy play when he’s on the court. It might be a tight fit Dwyane Wade also around but Chicago is looking to build around the uber-talented LaVine.

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