Report: Timberwolves and Celtics looking to trade picks for Jimmy Butler

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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is a wanted man. According to ESPN, both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics are looking to construct trade packages to acquire his services.

The two franchises each have a top five pick in next week's draft and are prepared to part with it to the land the talented two-way guard.

The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in making their number five pick the centrepiece of a package to present to the Bulls if they are looking to move Butler.

The 26-year-old became a star in the league under the tutelage of Tom Thibodeau in the Windy City and the new Minnesota head coach is hoping to be reunited with the player he helped nurture before being fired by Chicago last year.

With an exciting young core of Rookie of the year Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine, there is a sense of excitement for what the future holds in Minnesota and the addition of the 2014-15 Most Improved Player would make them a serious threat in the Western Conference.

However, it's unlikely that the Bulls would give up Butler for just the fifth overall pick, especially with the assets the T-Wolves have at their disposal.

The Minneapolis franchise, however, faces competition from the Celtics to land Butler as they have also made their interest known.

The C's hold the number three pick in this year's draft - acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in the trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce - and are actively looking to ship it in an attempt to bring in a bona fide star.

Under impressive young head coach Brad Stevens, Boston is creating something special once again, but are lacking that marquee player to take them from prospects to contenders.

A move for Butler would significantly improve the Celtics and give them a second legitimate scoring option alongside All-Star Isaiah Thomas who has blossomed in Massachusetts.

Sources claim Chicago holds a strong interest in Providence guard Kris Dunn who is projected to go in the top five of the draft and the Celtics would give them the best opportunity to acquire him as Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are certainties to be selected in the top two.

The Bulls, though, are not believed to be looking to move their All-Star who signed a five-year, $90 million deal last summer to commit his future to the organisation.

Butler's season was disrupted by a knee injury in the latter months and was forced to pull out of the All-Star game as a result. It was certainly one of the many reasons why the team missed out on the playoffs.

Despite that, the Marquette product still enjoyed a career year averaging 20.9 points, 4.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game and really emerged as the Bulls' franchise player.

It would be a very strange decision for the Illinois-based outfit to trade Butler but even though he represented the team at the Draft Lottery, they have been giving mixed signals about his future in Chi-town.

If indeed he isn't wanted, he can be happy knowing there are a number of teams waiting to welcome him with open arms.

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