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Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Timberwolves for LaVine, No. 7 pick in NBA draft blockbuster

Jimmy Butler is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster NBA Draft night trade.

The Chicago Bulls have reportedly traded swingman Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Minnesota Timbewolves in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft, according to KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago had approached the Sixers offering Butler for the No. 3 pick in this week’s draft, before Philly shipped that pick to Boston. The Cleveland Cavaliers also reportedly had interest in acquiring Butler. He reportedly informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he would prefer to stay in Chicago than be traded.

Butler, a 27-year-old three-time All-Star, is under contract for two more seasons and has a player option for 2019–20. His name first became the subject of trade speculation around the February trade deadline.