Chicago Bulls: 2017 NBA Draft Grades


The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler in a blockbuster trade with the Bulls that will send a package of young players to Chicago, the teams announced.

In his six seasons with the Bulls, Butler rose to become a three-time All-Star and one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association. However, whether Chicago will fully be able to capitalize on its investments will largely depend on LaVine's and Dunn's development as they get more experience, and it remains to be seen whether they will progress, or regress. I truly struggle with the words because you've been so much more than just my home for the last 6 years, you've been my life!

First off, I didn't care for the trade for Chicago's Jimmy Butler.

Butler, who is now in Paris with current Bulls guard Dwyane Wade and former Bulls free agency target Carmelo Anthony, took to social media to pen one final goodbye to the city of Chicago and to the Bulls.

In Butler, the Bulls had one of the most valuable player contracts in the entire league.

With Butler packing his bags and leaving, the Bulls need someone to fill in his shoes. But if they look at themselves as still being a couple of year away, they might be hesitant to spend big bucks on a veteran.

Butler didn't want to get into that, only saying, "I gave all to that city and to that team".

"All you hear them say is it was great to watch me grow and every single year I seemed to get better, " Butler said.

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Inconsistencies in organizational structure combined with multiple coaching changes and an inability to develop the right young players kept the Kings on the dais of the draft lottery every April.

"It doesn't mean a damn thing". The two players would have been fine, but again, I have no idea what the Wolves' draft strategy was going to be. Hoiberg was never going to play to that type.

The Wolves were the talk of the night after a trade that brought Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. This came right after the deal with Butler and the Wolves happened.

All of this adds up to one question: The Bulls couldn't get a better deal? However, they did accomplish the goal of ostensibly creating a new core in one night. So I think I know him well. The trade means a reunion for Butler and Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015.

Paxson said he didn't understand where Butler's comments were coming from.

As for his much discussed relationship with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, Butler told the Sun-Times: "Fred had the same objective that I did".

It's a bold move for the Bulls as they try to climb in the Eastern Conference after getting knocked out of the playoffs by Boston in the first round.