The Timberwolves are interested in trading the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft as part of a deal for Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford report. Minnesota hired former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in April as head coach and president.
While Stein and Ford report that the Bulls “are not believed to be actively looking to move” Butler, they also report that the Celtics are interested in acquiring the All-Star, with a trade centered around Boston’s No. 3 pick.
In April, Bulls general manager Gar Forman did not rule out moving Butler. Later, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribunereported that Forman’s comment “didn’t sit well with Butler ... merely adding to his growing wariness regarding Forman that stems from Butler feeling slighted during failed negotiations on his rookie extension.”
Butler, 26, signed a five-year, $90 million max contract last summer and was named to his second All-Star team this season.