The no. 7 pick in the draft, the 7-foot-tall shooting forward out of Arizona was ultimately acquired by the Bulls, along with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn in exchange for Butler and the 16th overall pick in the draft.
He averaged a career-high 23.9 points last season as the Bulls were 41-41 and qualified for the play-offs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
LaVine, a two-time victor of the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend, has shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range in three seasons and averaged 18.9 points last season before his injury.
Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette. And, of course, the Celtics could still take a major stride forward if they can add Hayward without losing any picks in free agency.
The Bulls launched a roster overhaul Thursday night by pulling off a blockbuster trade, dealing the three-time All-Star and the rights to No. 16 pick Justin Patton of Creighton to the Timberwolves. The addition of Markkanen - a scoring force on the perimeter and in the post for Arizona - raises questions about the future of Nikola Mirotic, though Paxson said the Bulls intend to bring him back.
When the Chicago Bulls seemed to be on the verge of trading Jimmy Butler in the minutes leading up to the NBA Draft, it created a huge stir.
His ball-handling skills will also be welcomed by Harden, who could use another player to create shots when the defense has already been bent, or when he's on the bench resting.
Instead, this all shows how comfortable Ainge is with his team, and that he's probably far more patient to wait for the ideal moment than any of us watching from afar.
On the other hand Chicago gets a solid package of young assets. That in turn would have put him in line for a contract worth more than $200 million starting in 2019-20 had the Bulls kept him.
They've traded away Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he'll be reunited with ex-Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau. "You're not afraid to tell them the truth".
The 6-foot-4 guard became the second consecutive No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons previous year. But I know I owe so much to the person I am now, and to the player that I've become, to you. Butler is an All-Star and an impact player on both ends of the floor. A lot of things. Doctors said if they had a ideal situation for where my knee could be at, it would be mine. It has nothing to do with the feeling that the Timberwolves won the trade; it has everything to do with the outlook of the Bulls not looking like a team that can rely on what they have now and build a contender out of it.
The move likely signals the beginning of a significant rebuild in Chicago, and could be just the first domino to fall in a longer process.
Claiming that the Bulls had the "worst culture in the league," Travelle Gaines said, "I met drug dealers with better morals [than] their GM".