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NBA trade rumor: Wolves and Celtics interested in trading for Jimmy Butler

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Celtics will likely bid against old friend Thibs for Jimmy Butler.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals haven't ended yet, but we're already starting to get some good rumors. This one from an ESPN.com story by Marc Stein and Chad Ford indicates that the Wolves (now with player personnel run by Tom Thibodeau) would be interested in trading for Jimmy Butler...because of course they are.

Minnesota Timberwolves interested in trading for Jimmy Butler of Chicago Bulls

The Minnesota Timberwolves are prepared to part with the No. 5 overall pick in this month's draft, as the centerpiece of a trade package, if they can use it to construct a deal for Chicago Bulls star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, in these early days of the Tom Thibodeau Era, have made it known to the Bulls that they are strongly interested in dealing for Butler should Chicago elect to make him available.

The Wovles would have to add more to the package beyond the 5th pick. Also, if the Bulls are really listening to offers, the Celtics and other teams would be similarly interested.

The article goes on to say that the Bulls are interested in Kris Dunn, whom they could get with the 3rd pick in a trade with the Celtics. It remains to be seen what else the Bulls would want in a trade and how many other teams would get into the bidding. One Chicago beat writer shared this theoretical trade package on Twitter.

If that's all it takes, I'm pretty sure the Celtics would be right there with a challenging offer.

Stay tuned.