Just this morning, Zach Lowe of ESPN hinted that the Wolves may go hard after Andre Iguodala in free agency. The former NBA Finals MVP has also received interest from the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Now, the Jimmy Butler-to-Minnesota rumors that lit the internet on fire during NBA Draft night 2016 have resurfaced.
Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a Wojbomb, stating that the Timberwolves and Bulls have been in contact about a potential trade that would send Butler to Minnesota.
Sources: Chicago’s price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest. Sides made preliminary contact this week.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 19, 2017
And yes, I made sure to check the date. This is a tweet from 2017.
All kinds of rumored trade proposals were thrown around a year ago, but the teams were not able to strike a deal.
The 2017 version of Jimmy Butler hoopla might be even more chaotic than 2016. Marc Stein poured more gasoline on the fire by reporting that Cleveland is also in active pursuit of Butler.
The Cavaliers, per league sources, have been working today on assembling multi-team trade scenarios to try to acquire Chicago's Jimmy Butler— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2017
Butler is a three-time All-Star, a three-time All-Defensive Team honoree and a 2017 All-NBA recipient. He and Thibodeau built a solid rapport during their time together in Chicago, and Thibodeau’s desire to add Butler in Minnesota has apparently not flamed out since he took over.
The Associated Press’s Jon Krawzcynski adds that though the breakup between Thibodeau and the Chicago front office has been portrayed as a difficult one, the two teams have remained in communication.
I've said before, the whole "Bulls won't deal with Thibs" idea was overblown. Teams were close on draft night last year. https://t.co/scaeHwjuFZ— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 19, 2017
A trade between Minnesota and Chicago exclusively would probably look something like Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall pick. If a third team is added into the mix, that’s when you-know-what starts to hit the fan.
Buckle up, folks. We’re in for a wild week.