Dwyane Wade Likely To Opt-In With Bulls

Dunn, last year's No. 5 pick, averaged just 3.8 points and 2.4 assists in his rookie season. They have to be good in choosing great trade deals for George or else they will not get anything in return.

Nov 12, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks with guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half against the Washington Wizards at the United Center.

As first reported by ESPN's Marc Stein, the Wolves have agreed to send superstar Jimmy Butler to reunite with his old head coach Tom Thibodeau. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was a "love-hate" relationship.

Markkanen (7-0, 230), the seventh overall selection in this year's Draft, averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in his one season at Arizona.

He will now help Thibodeau's young core of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins continue growing up, especially on the defensive end where Minnesota had most of their problems in too many games. He had a career season for Chicago past year, averaging 23.9 points, 5.5 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Butler, who turns 28 in September, could have been in for an even more massive payday had he stayed in Chicago.

This trade dropped jaws left and right, as sending Butler to the Timberwolves made them an instant contender in the loaded Western Conference. Their unwillingness to part ways with those picks may have further pushed the Bulls and Timberwolves into doing business together.

Trade rumors are commonplace ahead of the NBA Draft (already the Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 pick, and the Los Angeles Lakers moved young point guard D'Angelo Russell), but Butler's name has been flying around the league in recent days.

"I believe in the guys in this locker room, yeah, but I also believe that we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times", Butler told reporters in December 2015.

Sources say John Pasxon and Gar Forman remain on the fence about whether or not to bring Rondo back, but Wade accepted his $23.4 million player option, which should be no surprise to anyone, since he wasn't going to pass up that cash. LaVine is also recovering from a torn ACL, something a growing team obviously didn't want to wait for. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler.

The success or failure of this trade for the Bulls will come down to the performance of Dunn and LaVine, both of whom come with question marks.

Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette.

Thursday's move represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls.

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