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Jimmy Butler Recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler Recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

The man tasked with nurturing the games of Dunn and other young Bulls is third-year coach Fred Hoiberg, who with a laugh pointed out that much of his group now is younger than the Iowa State teams he coached in college. "If you've got something to say, I'm going to pick up. When nobody's looking, you're working". He announced his cell phone number and invited his critics to call.

"It's not frustrating", he said. "It's expected. Somebody has to take the blame". I'm OK with it.

"I know everything about Michael Jordan", said LaVine, a Bothell High School graduate who was traded by Minnesota to the Chicago Bulls last week. Whoever has anything to say to me, feel free: "773-899-6071".

The Timberwolves addressed their biggest need in acquiring Butler. He acknowledged the injury typically takes nine to 12 months to return from and said he is ahead of schedule but will be "safe", which jibes with the Bulls' change of direction to rebuilding. And the way our game is going, those big mobile guys that can space the floor, give your guards opportunity to create and find gaps, it's an important piece.

Rubio played exceptionally well after the All-Star break, but he's just not the point guard that Timberwolves president/head coach Tom Thibodeau wants on his team.

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"Jimmy is 27. He's just entering his prime", Thibodeau said. George Hill would be a ideal fit in Minnesota. "Whatever relationships he has, if those players are looking for places to play, hopefully we'll have a good shot at them".

This gets a little more convoluted.

"My rookie season, there were a lot of ups and downs, basically like a roller coaster ride", Dunn said.

Butler is known for his fashion sense. Add in Butler's experience as a guy who's not only competed in the playoffs - a rare trait on the current Wolves' roster - but also won playoff games and series, and Jones said the addition of Butler was "major for our team".

I love this deal for the Timberwolves. I'm very confident that I'll come back better. I know what I expect. The Wolves have plenty of cap room after releasing center Nickalo Peckovic and desperately need Butler, a victor, a team leader, and a great defender. Sorry I couldn't get to the phone, but leave your name and number, and I'll hit you back. When you put players together with a bunch of talent and they mesh well, it makes dynasties.