Cavs Players Tell Jimmy Butler to Stay Away From Cleveland

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2017

The Bulls entered rebuild mode on Thursday night after they dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Clippers could obviously use someone like Butler and maybe Chicago would be willing to take D'Andre Jordan and some future first-round picks. The two sides engaged in serious discussions on draft night previous year, almost reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn - whom the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence - for Butler.

The Bulls said farewell to Butler in a tweet later Thursday. The Nuggets just missed the playoffs previous year, and they - and hopefully their defense - are poised to take a step forward next season. Interestingly enough, that came prior to reports surfacing suggesting Cavaliers players themselves have told Butler to stay away from the situation (more on that here).

"It's been something that over a prolonged period of time there have been different moments where he's had to consider it and think about it", Butler's agent, Bernie Lee, told The Associated Press.

The sharpshooter averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a freshman at Arizona.

The second longest playoff drought in National Basketball Association history may be coming to an end.

Lauri Markkanen answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the seventh pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY. "Definitely was, and now I'm just focused on playing", Lonzo Ball said. "There's no difference for me".

Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami. That pick was OR power forward Jordan Bell, who many considered a late first-round prospect. Wade opted in for the final year of his contract, but that isn't stopping Chicago from pivoting to a new, younger nucleus that includes LaVine, Dunn, Markkanen and Denzel Valentine.

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