And put up they did.
The Bulls stay true to their ideologies by not trading Butler for a combination of future draft picks, instead trading for a shooting guard coming off a torn ACL who is now extension eligible, and a point guard coming off a disappointing rookie season.
Here is the ranking and the order the Wolves would take each player if they were all still on the board come draft night.
Bulls management has not discussed any of Thursday's moves with Wade according to GM John Paxson, but that conversation will happen in due time.
"It's going to be a hard process because that's what rebuilding is".
They could look even more impressive by offseason's end, as the addition of Butler should figure to make free agents this summer pay more attention to Minnesota as a potential destination. "Every year he just made major strides". While certainly not without talent, LaVine and Dunn were Minnesota's least effective players last season in terms of Net Rating. "It's the same difference".
In Butler, the Wolves are adding one of the best two-way players in the league. "If there are negative people around me, I just try to distance myself from that". "Trust the Process" read a sign. He is also one of the league's top defenders, an absolute necessity for a young team that finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency last season.
In the case of Lauri Markkanen, he is an offensive-minded player, with enough athleticism to become a star as well. "But whether it's a big guy or a small guy, we need shooting, and we need defense and we need toughness". Butler has developed into one of the top players in the National Basketball Association over the last six seasons. Ball had been asked what had been giving him nightmares leading up to the draft: "I really don't have one". "I can stretch the floor a lot and I can help the team on rebounding". Other players like Louisville's Donovan Mitchell, North Carolina's Justin Jackson, Terrance Ferguson out of Australia could also pop up on the Bulls' radar as the selection show begins.
"I've been working on my shot, shooting National Basketball Association 3s", Markkanen said. I know he wants to win.
They were 29th in 3-point attempts, 28th in 3-pointers made and 24th in accuracy.
"We've got to get together and start planning for July 1 and then we'll answer that", general manager Gar Forman said of Rondo's future in Chicago. The best move right now for the Bulls is to part ways with Wade through a buyout, allowing him to join either the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won Big East Freshman of the year after scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Blue Jays.