All-caps and exclamation points dominated the instant reaction around the Twin Cities from Wolves fans Thursday night when it became clear Jimmy Butler was in and Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn were out.
But how about in Chicago? Here's a quick roundup of what was written about the trade from the Chicago point of view.
Life without Butler will test the Bulls' resolve, but it was time for them to start over, time for a risk-averse organization to take a risk. Finally, the Bulls established an unambiguous plan, stopped running in place and realized in pro sports taking two steps forward requires taking one step back. Finally, they were as decisive as they were daring in taking the best offer among others made by the Celtics and Nuggets and deserve credit for doing what they felt necessary to escape NBA purgatory known as the middle.
Trading an All-Star guard to the Timberwolves for three NBA up-and-comers — guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine and No. 7 pick Lauri Markkanen — represented a leap of faith for two Bulls executives who like to keep their feet on the ground.
"It's always difficult to trade a player and a person that has meant a lot to the organization and we really watched grow as a player. That said, we've set a direction. We're going to rebuild this roster through young players that we believe can play a system that Fred is comfortable with. We're going to be disciplined and patient along the way."
0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows— Travelle Gaines (@travellegaines) June 23, 2017
Trading Jimmy Butler was the only way out of basketball hell for the Bulls, but given their drowsy history, it didn’t look like there was a chance in the other hell that they would do it.
And the idea of sending Butler to their nemesis, coach Tom Thibodeau? Shut the hell up!
But the Bulls did all of that Thursday night, and they did it well.
This is what rebuilding looks and feels like. It’s exciting, painful and frightening all rolled into one.
Chicago surrendered the best player in this deal by a mile and returned: an athletic scorer coming off a torn ACL, a 23-year-old sophomore who couldn’t even hold down backup point guard minutes last season for a team that needed them filled, and a 7-foot shooter plucked out of the mid-lottery. All three might be useful players in time, but none compare at all favorably to a two-way star like Butler. Their composite value is a tough sell when each is still unproven in his own way.