The Minnesota Timberwolves made a pretty big step in the right direction last week when the team acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. It was a move meant to give Minnesota an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot after struggling through a mediocre 2016-17 campaign.
But in no way was this trade the end of the line for the Wolves this summer.
At least one report is now indicating that Butler himself is recruiting soon-to-be free agent Kyle Lowry to join him in the twin cities.
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With Ricky Rubio still firmly on the trade block, Minnesota has been bandied about as a potential landing spot for top-end free agent point guards. That’s only magnified by the fact that the Wolves sent Kris Dunn to Chicago in the Butler deal.
Lowry opted out of his contract with Toronto after putting up a career-best performance this past season. He averaged 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists en route to earning his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance.
In another bit of news surrounding Butler and the Wolves, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan apparently gave the new Minnesota star a call at the best possible time.
Now that Chris Paul has been traded from Los Angeles, there’s a decent chance the Clips will move on from Jordan. Though, Minnesota has no real need at center with Karl-Anthony Towns holding down the fort.