For Chicago Bulls, Blockbuster Trade Blows Franchise Into A Different Direction

For Chicago Bulls, Blockbuster Trade Blows Franchise Into A Different Direction

For Chicago Bulls, Blockbuster Trade Blows Franchise Into A Different Direction

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Fans who haven't witnessed a Minnesota Timberwolves playoff appearance in 13 seasons lined the rails around the four-story rotunda at the Mall of America for Jimmy Butler's introductory news conference Thursday, welcoming the All-Star small forward and the hope he represents for the franchise. "With that being said, that's my goal, and that's going to be our goal when we step into that practice gym".

"Toughness, hard work, leadership".

"The Wolves surrendered their presumed point guard of the future - Kris Dunn - in the trade with Chicago to acquire Butler, but sources say they remain in search of a veteran at the position even though Rubio, 26, averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 assists per game after the All-Star break", he continued.

"He's chased excellence since his first day in the league", said Thibodeau. The 27-year-old Marquette graduate was the 14th-rated player in league last season, according to John Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating (a stat that encapsulates everything a player does on the floor). We believe they're going to play the game the right way and fit into everything we're doing.

The Wolves look to keep making splashes in the off-season and it's going to be exciting to see what moves they make to make the team even better. We're thrilled that we have the opportunity here. I'm fine. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. In 2017-18 the Timberwolves will return to the National Basketball Association living.

More importantly, maybe for the first time since they hired coach Fred Hoiberg, it's the type of team that Hoiberg wants.

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"We should be great", Towns said. Big three, big whatever, let's get some big wins.

"Throughout my whole life, I had a lot of ups and downs", said Dunn, whose tenacity on defense at least gave Minnesota something.

"You don't often have the opportunity to add a player like Jimmy Butler". We made the playoffs nine out of 10 years - wasn't good enough.

"A really good friend of mine", Butler said. But Rondo is expected to draw interest from several teams in free agency and also wants to play. I thought this would lead the team to try to deal IT4, and get their long-term point man from this loaded draft class.

"The big thing for us is that we're looking ahead to what we have here", Thibodeau said. "We're gonna get this city on track". "I'm here to work my butt off like I always do".

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