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OMG, apparently the entire NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler

OMG, apparently the entire NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler

Apparently everyone in the NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls' All-Star forward was the subject of a pair of Twitter reports on Monday afternoon, rumored to be drawing the interest of both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Minnesota, of course, is the home of Tom Thibodeau, the former Bulls head coach who is now running the Timberwolves. Butler spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Thibodeau, who famously turned him into the new Luol Deng by playing Butler 38.7 minutes a game in each of Thibodeau's final two seasons in Chicago.

Minnesota certainly has a lot to offer, boasting the No. 7 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, as well as young star Zach LaVine, who is recovering from season-ending ACL surgery. The Bulls were reportedly high on Kris Dunn, who the Timberwolves selected fifth overall in last year's draft.

Cleveland, meanwhile, lost the NBA Finals last week, finishing runner-up to the Golden State Warriors for the second time in the past three seasons. LeBron James & Co. are already a super team of sorts — despite the King's post-Finals answer — with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in town.

Any hypothetical trade of Butler to Cleveland would mean Butler heading to one of the Bulls' Central Division rivals, which obviously wouldn't be ideal considering Butler's status of one of the league's better players.

But there are other teams in the race for Butler, too, including the Boston Celtics — long rumored as a Butler suitor — and the Phoenix Suns, according to CSN's Vincent Goodwill.

It's obvious that if the Bulls are selling that a ton of teams would be interested. Butler has made the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in each of the past three seasons, he was named the league's Most Improved Player in 2014-15, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team this past season.

How Sky are approaching WNBA season, from advocacy to unprecedented schedule

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How Sky are approaching WNBA season, from advocacy to unprecedented schedule

The 2020 WNBA season is one like no other. While the league is playing out its truncated, 22-game campaign in a bubbled campus at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla, it’s also dedicating the proceedings to social justice advocacy.

To name a few ways the latter has come to fruition: Players across the W have honored the lives and called for justice for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and other victims of police brutality and racial violence with jersey messages, on-court demonstrations and comments to the media. The Sky, specifically, launched a fund to benefit Chicago-based community organizations based on team performance called #SkyTakesAction. There was even a leaguewide thrust to publicly endorse Raphael Warnock, a Democratic challenger for Kelly Loeffler’s Senate seat in Georgia, after Loeffler repeatedly came out in opposition of the W’s social justice initiatives and the Black Lives Matter movement. Everything enacted by the league on this front has been pointed and unified.

Meanwhile, there’s basketball to be played, as well. And the Sky is on the rise. Despite dropping two of its last three contests, the team is off to a 5-3 start to the season, with mammoth victories over the Las Vegas Aces, Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics embedded in. It’s a group with championship aspirations one year after bursting onto the scene under first-year coach James Wade and bolstered by a high-octane, free-flowing style of play; and it returned much of the core of that breakout squad, even as many stars across the W traded threads.

Sky forward Gabby Williams recently joined the Bulls Talk Podcast to discuss all of the above — from her commitment to pushing for change to the high hopes, and strange circumstances, surrounding the team this season.

“Our decision to come to the bubble really was, if we're going to go, fighting for social justice is going to be at the forefront of our season,” Williams said. “That's going to go hand-in-hand with the WNBA.”

And on grinding through a season with games near every other day: “It’s going to be hard on our bodies, it’s going to be hard mentally, it’s going to be hard physically, emotionally, everything, it’s going to be exhausting. So we’re just going to try to keep each other up. It’s going to be gritty, it’s going to be a season that we have to grind out, and it’s not going to be easy for anyone. So we’re just focused on our bodies, and staying healthy and staying together.”

Listen to the full conversation here or via the embedded player above.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Sky forward Gabby Williams on WNBA Wubble and social change

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Sky forward Gabby Williams on WNBA Wubble and social change

The Chicago Sky are dominating in the Wubble on the court, but also are doing some great things off the court as well. NBC Sports Chicago Bulls and hoops writer Rob Schaefer is joined by Sky forward Gabby Williams to discuss everything that's going on in the WNBA's Wubble as they get through their season and the many social justice initiatives the league and the Sky are pushing to help promote social change.

(2:20) - Difficulties of starting the WNBA season when so much has gone on in the world

(7:10) - The Sky are trying to motivate people and other athletes to push for social change in Chicago

(11:55) - The Sky have championship aspirations

(15:40) - Keeping the pressure on people to continue to promote change

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