The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly willing to give up the No. 5 pick in this year's draft in a trade for Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler. That's no surprise: Butler is one of the league's best when it comes to putting the ball in the basket and stopping others from doing so. He is also on a team-friendly contract that will keep him away from free agency until 2019 at the earliest. The Wolves already have the most promising young roster in the NBA -- adding Butler would seem almost unfair.
It turns out it is also unrealistic.
According to 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the Bulls aren't interested in sending Butler to Minnesota -- and reuniting him with former Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau -- unless they receive Andrew Wiggins in return. The proper reaction to this is "LOL."
As great as Butler is, he was born in 1989 and Wiggins was born in 1995. There is no reason for the Wolves to trade Wiggins, who just finished his second season in the league and is on the same developmental track as Karl-Anthony Towns. They want to let those two grow into the best duo in the NBA.
If the Bulls are serious about exploring the trade market for Butler, of course they would love to rebuild around Wiggins. Of course Minnesota would love to add Butler to its core. A swap, however, simply does not make any sense.