Basketball Jimmy Butler Traded from Chicago Bulls to Minnesota Timberwolves By Charles McCalister Posted on June 28, 2017 3 min read 0 0 138 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr With the acquisition of three-time all-star Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ odds to win the 2017-2018 NBA championship improved significantly from 100-1 to 60-1 (Westgate Las Vegas). By losing Butler to Minnesota, the Chicago Bulls went from 100-1 to 200-1. This trade will reunite Butler with ex-coach of the Bulls and now coach and president of the Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau believes that Butler will bring his determined scoring ability and uncompromising defending style to complement the Wolves’ young but promising core of players. Jimmy Butler’s Stats While not the three point shooter required for the Wolves, Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals during his sixth season, these are all careers high for the Texas native. Also noted as one of the league’s top defenders, Butler is a welcomed addition to a team that was ranked 26th overall in defensive efficiency in the previous season. Minnesota also has a lineup that includes promising young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but it was desperately in need of someone to step into the veteran leadership position and Butler will surely do just that as he would serve as a great mentor for the young Wolves, especially Wiggins, who is a remarkable talent. How Will Butler’s Presence Influence The Timberwolves This addition of Jimmy Butler will surely allow the Wolves to start looking towards earnestly competing in the playoffs of the Western Conference, as he was rated 14 overall in player efficiency and is considered one of the best talents in the league. To say that this acquisition of Butler makes the Wolves a power house is a stretch. They do have really good talented players in Towns, Rubio, Dieng, Muhammad and Jones, but they still need to find a pure shooter point guard that would be a nice accompaniment to the styles of Butler and Wiggins.