The Wolves used the #16 pick to select Creighton's Justin Patton, while the Bulls used Minnesota's #7 pick on Lauri Markkanen, the 7-footer out of Arizona. "I completely disagree when someone takes a shot like that, it's not right, it's unprofessional and he shouldn't have done it".
"Being in different situations in my life, coming from Eugene to Germany then to Lithuania really helped me mature as a player and as a person and I think I was really ready for this step", said Hartenstein, who went No. 43 to Houston.
The Bulls made the playoffs on a tiebreaker with 41 wins after missing out the previous year. Gaines went there Thursday, and now we have a new round of drama in Chicago.
Butler played for Thibodeau for four seasons in Chicago, developing from an unheralded, late-first round draft pick into a perennial All-Star. Fred Hoiberg, who is often compared to Brad Stevens, now has the sort-of-rebuilding project Stevens got when he was hired for the Celtics, which went along rather smoothly, although how fast he can help the Bulls become contenders again is a big question, especially considering he doesn't have the kind of support and aura of promise Stevens has had since becoming an National Basketball Association coach.
Chicago and Minnesota discussed a deal previous year on draft night that involved Butler, LaVine and Dunn.
Butler and Bulls management recently had a meeting to talk about the future of him and the team. He criticized Fred Hoiberg during the coach's first season.
He's also one of the top defensive players in the game and reunites with the coach who drafted him, Tom Thibodeau.
Now way on the other side of his prime, Wade is probably searching for at least one more ring before he hangs up his sneakers, and after the Butler trade, he may now realize that he won't achieve that in Chicago. Current point man Rajon Rondo, two guard Dwyane Wade and center Robin Lopez are now buyout candidates, since they'd likely want to play for contenders. This time, they made it happen. Instead, the Bulls gambled by trading away one of the league's best two-way players. Despite a spirited effort, the Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The success of these moves won't be just measured by the ability of LaVine to become a leading player after a serious injury, Dunn turning himself into legitimate starting point guard and Markkanen showing he's more than just a stretch shooter. The hashtag #FireGarPax (aimed at Forman and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson) that was trending on Twitter in Chicago back in February when the Bulls traded Taj Gibson is picking up steam again.
The success or failure of this trade for the Bulls will come down to the performance of Dunn and LaVine, both of whom come with question marks. LaVine averaged 18.3 points in 47 games last season for Minnesota.