Butler dealt by the Bulls
In one of the strangest and lopsided deals in recent league history the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Draft night.
The Timberwolves traded Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine along with the seventh overall pick for Butler and the 16th selection in the first round.
That Minnesota pick turned out to be Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona while Creighton center Justin Patton will join Butler in Minneapolis.
It's a stunningly poor value for the Bulls who get two Minnesota players with serious question marks in Dunn and LaVine.
Dunn was suppose to come in and take over from Ricky Rubio except that didn't happen as expected and LaVine remains more potential than the finished product.
Markkanen is actually the most interesting player in the deal, as the young seven-foot Finn was considered a potential sleeper pick as ultimately the player in the draft with the most pro potential.
Regardless it's an extremely poor haul for one of the better players in the league and the Bulls are officially in rebuilding mode.
The Timberwolves on the other hand would seem a genuine contender to make the playoffs next season and Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins is a very nice core to work with.
Chicago are 150/1 to win the Championship, with Minnesota 50/1.
Also making a splash was another Western Conference side that missed the post-season last year, the Sacramento Kings.
Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox was the player the Kings wanted all along and they got their man by staying put with the #5 pick and then traded back from the #10 pick to grab two more first round selections including Harry Giles.
Had he been healthy Giles would have been a top three selection, and Sacramento effectively rolled the dice for a player that could be a major star.
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