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Report: Bulls will only trade Jimmy Butler if they receive Andrew Wiggins in return

Over the last couple of days, rumors have sprouted connecting the Chicago Bulls‘ star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to his former coach Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to the report, from ESPN’s Marc Stein, the T-Wolves were willing to give up their fifth overall pick in a package for Butler.

It appears that Chicago will want much, much more to consider giving up their best player.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN added to Stein’s story, stating that the Bulls will only entertain the idea of moving Butler to Minnesota if Andrew Wiggins is involved in the trade as well. If Chicago is open to shipping Jimmy Buckets away, Wolfson believes they could get the third overall pick from the Boston Celtics instead, so they have more leverage with the T-Wolves.

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The chances of the Timberwolves trading away one of their prized young talents are pretty slim. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2015, Wiggins averaged over 20 points in 2016. He successfully evaded the dreaded sophomore slump, taking strides towards the elite player that many scouts and pundits believe he will be.

Butler is a two-time All-Star, and it’s not like he’s old at age 26, but the promise of what Wiggins (21 years old) might evolve into appears to be too enticing for the Wolves to give him up.

But who knows, crazier things have happened.

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