Rumors are speculating that Thibs wants to trade for Jimmy Butler and bring him to Minnesota. Thibs made Jimmy Butler, so a reunion between the two cannot be left out of the equation. As a Bulls fan, I obviously know Butler is our best player, but I would not be opposed if he was traded to the Timberwolves.
Let’s be honest, the Bulls championship window has closed. This was the season to do it, and they failed miserably. Injuries, rookie head coach, inept front office… the list goes on. This team isn’t going anywhere at the moment. Especially under the leadership of Fred Hoiberg. He’s not fit to be an NBA coach, he’s too soft.
Pau Gasol is leaving this offseason. Can’t blame him. He’s 35 years old and he wants to chase another ring. He cannot do that in Chicago. The front office are morons for not trading him at the deadline to try and get someone. They knew he was leaving, they should’ve dealt him to try and bring in a much needed wing player. I’m sure Gasol had high hopes when he signed with the Bulls two years ago, as we all did, but that went straight down the dump.
I also think Joakim Noah is going to walk in free agency. Reports surfaced earlier that he told teammates he was leaving Chicago because he didn’t trust the front office. Again, can’t blame him. Noah has also been linked to Minnesota because of Thibs, and they two could also reunite this summer.
So with the championship window closed, the Bulls might as well look to start rebuilding. People want to deny this but its the truth, Derrick Rose and Butler cannot exist together in the back court. Their games do not compliment each other and the Bulls aren’t winning a championship with them. It’s time to move on from one or the other.
The Bulls reportedly would rather trade Rose rather then Butler, but Rose’s trade value is significantly lower due to the knee injuries he’s had. The front office is dumb, but they’re not dumb enough to trade Rose for a rental. This team needs an immediate impact player or a rising star.
If the Bulls were to trade Butler to Minny, Andrew Wiggins would have to be involved. Ideal scenario would be Butler and the #14 pick for Wiggins, Dieng, and the #5 pick. Or some sort of package involving those players and picks. I’m okay with this trade scenario.
Wiggins in about three years is going to be a stud, and he’s the much needed wing player this Bulls roster has been longing for. He’s definitely a rising star and someone the Bulls could build around. Dieng would be a great edition for defensive purposes because this Bulls team has no idea what defense is. Kudos to coach Hoiberg on that one.
The #5 pick is also intriguing because it gives the Bulls another solid player to build around. One of my favorite players in this year’s draft is Kentucky guard Jamal Murray. I’ve been a fan of his since I watched him play for Canada in the Pan Am Games last summer. If the Bulls could somehow trade up to draft him I would be ecstatic.
So you see, this situation isn’t all that bad when you realize that the Bulls are inevitably going to be reaching a rebuilding process in the near future. If this happens, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bulls fans hopped on the T’Wolves bandwagon. I’ll be honest, I probably would. I love Jimmy Butler, especially because he’s a fellow Marquette Golden Eagle.
I made a bold prediction last week that Minnesota would sign Noah, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich AKA the Thibs Effect. I can easily see Thibs bringing in vets that he previously coached to help the young team he has in Minny. They would provide veteran leadership and help the younger guys adapt to Thibs’ coaching style.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could very well be gaining some Chicago representation in their fan base. I’m all for Thibs, always have been always will be.