Neither is at the height of his powers like Durant, but both are extremely close to LeBron James, and if added to a team that already has James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, they could perhaps put the Cavs over the top once again. But Butler and Dwyane Wade were the centerpieces of the offense - one piloted by pass-first, light-shooting point guard Rajon Rondo - last season and neither is a marksman from the perimeter. Minnesota wound up trading the No. 7 pick, plus Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, for Jimmy Butler.
The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. After responding negatively to rebuilding chatter in previous years, Paxson said, "We understand what this means. We're going to do it with young players we believe can play a system Fred is comfortable with".
"I feel good. I'm rehabbing right now, about three and a half months out". But that was before LaVine tore his anterior cruciate ligament midway through last season - after a promising start that had him on pace to potentially be the league's Most Improved Player, averaging 18.9 points. Hoiberg was never going to play to that type.
"This is the only reason we came here", said Saska Saarikoski, of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
When asked about the deal, Butler told Goodman he did not have a comment. Their team now has direction. "Lauri was the best player on the board". It's like you're playing poker with guys. But instead of keeping Butler, who will turn 28 in September, the Bulls instead opted to finally commit to a full rebuild. Paxson had Forman's back, saying it was not professional or fair.
National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the trade during the 2017 entry draft. In the end, success or failure is measured by the ability of this team to go from this point and quickly position itself as not just a playoff contender in the East, but a team with the foundation to win a championship. "I can stretch the floor a lot and I can help the team on rebounding".
On trading Butler: "Always hard to trade a player and a person that's meant a lot to the organization". "There's no difference for me".
LaVine, meanwhile, has wowed early in his career with his impressive athleticism, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in his first two seasons. Also going to Minnesota are the rights to Justin Patton, who was picked at No. 16 by the Bulls.
The two newest additions in this hypothetical, Anthony and Wade, would each make millions more this season than if they stayed with their original teams.
Bovada has released their betting odds for the victor of the 2018 NBA Championship and as you'd expect, Golden State (2/3) and Cleveland (3/1) have the best odds in the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively.
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