Twitter Explodes as Bulls Trade Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Pick

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26:  Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls warms up before the game against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a stunner Thursday when they reportedly agreed to a trade with the Chicago Bulls that will send Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick in the draft to the Windy City in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Naturally, the basketball universe erupted in reaction to the blockbuster, with NBA.com's David Aldridge the first to marvel at Minnesota's new core featuring Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins: 

However, the feedback wasn't particularly positive for the Bulls, who are now in a full-on rebuild: 

Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen chimed in on the loss of Butler specifically:

There was also an immediate focus on Dwyane Wade's decision to reportedly opt into his $24.8 million player option for next season now that the Bulls are entering a rebuilding period: 

Here's a look at the best of the rest, with a focus on the Bulls' decision to use the seventh pick on former Arizona Wildcats sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen: 

The Bulls have a long way to go in their rebuild now that Butler is out of the picture, but they collected a slew of young, cost-controlled assets on Thursday night who can give the team a foundation for years to come. 

Moving forward, the focus will be on patience as Dunn and Markkanen develop and LaVine recovers from a torn ACL he suffered in February before the Bulls deploy him as a featured scorer. 

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