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Olympic Champion Jimmy Butler Traded To Minnesota Timberwolves

By Emily Reinwald | June 23, 2017, 2:07 p.m. (ET)

Jimmy Butler looks on in a match against Spain at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Carioca Arena 1 on Aug. 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


The Chicago Bulls traded shooting guard Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who represented Team USA at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Thursday night during the 2017 NBA Draft. He was traded for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen.

In Minnesota, Butler will be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau, who led him in his first four seasons with the Bulls.

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This past season, Butler started 75 games for Chicago, averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game. The three-time All-Star also contributed 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 86.5 percent from the free-throw line.

At the 2016 Olympics, Butler appeared in all eight games for Team USA en route to his first Olympic gold medal. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while going 17 out of 18 from the free throw line.


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