The NBA Draft is in full swing. So far, the top picks have gone as expected.
One major transaction, however, shocked NBA fans: Chicago traded star wingman Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was the first #WojBomb of the night.
It makes a lot of sense—Butler returned to his former head coach in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau, who is Minnesota’s head coach and president of basketball operations.
Last time Jimmy Butler played for Tom Thibodeau (2014-15)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2017
- won Most Improved Player
- Made 1st All-Star team
- 2nd-team All Defense
The full deal: Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick went to Minnesota, and Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick went to Chicago.
Many were critical of the Timberwolves, claiming they did not get enough in return for Butler.
The Bulls did not get enough for Jimmy Butler, who is better than Paul George - mentally/physically tougher, far more clutch.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 22, 2017
The T'Wolves just got Jimmy Butler for Lavigne & Dunn and only had to move down 9 spots in the draft. That's amazing.— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 22, 2017
Butler, 27, has made three NBA All-Star Teams and was the league’s Most Improved Player in 2015. He made the All-NBA Third Team this season.