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Tom Thibodeau reels off 10 Jimmy Butler compliments in 30 seconds

Tom Thibodeau reels off 10 Jimmy Butler compliments in 30 seconds

Bring the coolers, it's reunion time in Minnesota. 

After Thursday's blockbuster trade between the Bulls and Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau are reunited. We'll find out in a few months whether or not it will feel so good, but it's an exciting transaction for a Timberwolves franchise that hasn't reached the postseason in 13 seasons. 

Butler and Thibs spent four years together in Chicago, yielding a respectable degree of success. On one hand, Butler rose from role player to top-15 stud, conflating his high motor with sustained offensive improvement to become an NBA All-Star. 

On the other, Thibs' relationship with Gar Forman and John Paxson rapidly trekked south, leading to his firing and replacement with Fred Hoiberg. 

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler insisted he had nothing bad to say about Hoiberg, but it was clear their personalities didn't fully mesh. Now, he'll be back with a familiar, intense face. 

The results expected for attempt two of the Thibs-Butler project are up in the air, but when the Timberwolves head coach addressed the media on Friday, he had nothing but positive things to say about Butler. 

In less than 30 seconds of time, Thibs lauded Butler's growth and ability with 10 swift compliments: 

1. "The thing that you can't overlook with him is his playmaking."

2. "You're getting a two-way player." 

3. "You're getting a guy that can score a lot of different ways." 

4. "He can guard multiple positions." 

5. "He can actually guard four positions well." 

6. "He makes big shots late." 

7. "He plays the right way." 

8. "He's tough." 

9. "Practices hard."

10. "He's smart."  

His conclusion? "We were excited to get him." 

If you're instantly jealous, take the consolation that Thibs was sincere about how difficult it was to lose Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn. 

"We hated to part ways with Zach and Kris," he told reporters. "To get a player like Jimmy, you have to give good players up and we did." 

CSN's Mark Strotman also provided an in-depth scouting report on LaVine and Dunn

As for the assumed awkwardness between the teams' front offices, Thibs echoed Gar/Pax sentiments. Both believed negotiations were "very professional." 

And with that, both franchises have clearly chosen a direction. 

NBA, NBPA announce two positive coronavirus tests from Orlando quarantine

NBA, NBPA announce two positive coronavirus tests from Orlando quarantine

It might be working.

The NBA's ambitious plan to restart its 2019-20 season in a so-called "bubble" on the Disney World campus showed a positive sign Monday. The league and National Basketball Players Association jointly announced that of 322 players tested for COVID-19 since teams began arriving in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and entered quarantine with daily testing, only two positive cases have returned.

The statement said those two players never cleared quarantine and are either isolating at home after leaving the campus or in isolation housing.

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This was always the most critical step to getting the restart off the ground — moving teams from their in-market quarantine periods to inside the bubble. That only two positive cases have thus far emerged has to be viewed as an encouraging sign, especially given that players are tested daily once inside the bubble.

The NBA and NBPA also announced that 19 players have tested positive since July 1, when testing began in each team's respective home markets as players gathered for their initial quarantine period.

Those players have remained in their home markets, and will stay there until they are cleared by CDC guidelines and NBA rules for exiting home isolation and entering the bubble. James Harden is one high-profile name that has yet to join the Rockets on the NBA campus, although the team has not specified why, which is each team's right.

Monday's news isn't to suggest the 22-team restart plan is in the clear. Hurdles can arise at any time (two players have already been publicly identified for breaking quarantine), particularly given that workers on the Disney campus aren't subjected to the same daily testing regimens that all NBA personnel are. The NBA and NBPA have instituted rules to limit contact for these workers and league personnel.

The Bulls, like the other seven teams not invited to the restart, are watching what is transpiring at Disney World closely. If the restart succeeds, it increases the chances for a second bubble for the teams left behind, which would be for development purposes and likely take place in Chicago.

RELATED: Sources: NBA considering Chicago, Wintrust Arena for 'Delete 8' bubble

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NBA bubble: Kings' Richaun Holmes 'briefly and accidentally' breaks quarantine

NBA bubble: Kings' Richaun Holmes 'briefly and accidentally' breaks quarantine

On Monday, Richaun Holmes announced via Twitter that he accidentally broke quarantine in the NBA's Walt Disney World bubble, and is currently isolated in accordance with the league's Health and Safety Protocols.


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Holmes cited picking up a food delivery as the reason for his accidentally stepping outside of quarantine lines, and apologized to his teammates in the statement. His mother Lydecia had some fun with her son on social media in the wake of the news:

He'll now have to complete a designated ten-day quarantine period — which he said there are eight days remaining in — accompanied by testing and medical evaluation before returning to team activities. The NBA's Health and Safety Protocols say that such a quarantine period would take place "in a hotel room or other campus property," and can be extended to 14 days if so advised by a consulting infectious disease physician.

Because games haven't started yet, Holmes won't incur any financial penalty for games missed due to his breaking quarantine. But ESPN's Bobby Marks has the details on what those ramifications would have looked like for Holmes if he had made the mistake during the season restart.

ESPN also reported Monday that Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo accidentally broke quarantine, and has eight days remaining in his designated isolation period.

Holmes is a Lockport, Ill. native, and played one season at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills before finishing his college career with three years at Bowling Green State. He was selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

With averages of 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds (65.4% FG) in 28.8 minutes per game, Holmes is enjoying the best season of his career with the Kings, who enter the bubble 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the West.

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