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Report: The Bulls will only trade Butler to Minnesota in exchange for Wiggins

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There is no doubt which team has the most promising roster in the NBA; it's the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

With an exciting young team consisting of Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and two-time Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine, the sky is the limit in Minneapolis in the years to come. 

They will also now be led by one of the best coaches in the game in Tom Thibodeau, who signed a five-year contract to take the reigns. 

The franchise also secured a lottery pick for this year's draft and will select fifth overall which will give them the opportunity to bring in another talented young player such as Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray or Kris Dunn. 

However, if recent reports are to be believed, the Timberwolves are actively looking to trade that pick to bring in a star player to complement the youthful roster they have. 

As we covered yesterday, they have identified Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler as one of their top trade targets and are preparing a package centred on the number five pick and other assets. 

However, according to 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the Bulls are not interested in sending their All-Star player to Minnesota unless Wiggins is part of any potential deal. 

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves

The chances of that happening appear very slim after the 21-year-old came on leaps and bounds last season averaging an impressive 20.7 points per game in just his second year in the league. 

The T-Wolves are highly unlikely to entertain the thought of breaking up what they have at present and would much rather prefer to add to it. 

They would also certainly look to develop Wiggins and Towns into one of the best duos in the league in the future.

The Bulls are surely aware that there isn't a realistic possibility of landing Wiggins and are maybe sending a message out to Minnesota that they don't stand much of a chance of landing Butler either.

Houston Rockets v Chicago Bulls

A swap between the two teams at this stage just doesn't make much sense for either of them and is the unlikeliest trade to occur this offseason. 

Chicago is expected to make a number of changes this summer, though, as they prepare to lose multiple players to free agency. 

Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are set to become unrestricted free agents and are believed to be exploring opportunities elsewhere. 

Noah, in particular, will be a big loss for the Windy City franchise having spent his entire nine-year career with the team since being drafted in 2007.

But as the Bulls head into a summer of uncertainty, the Timberwolves are looking ahead with optimism and, funnily enough, do so with the head coach the Illinois-based outfit fired a year ago. How times change.  

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Andrew Wiggins
Minnesota Timberwolves
Jimmy Butler
Chicago Bulls
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