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Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler and the Bulls' No. 16 pick were traded to the Timberwolves during Thursday's NBA Draft in exchange for the Timberwolves' No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine, and Kris Dunn, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

A similar trade was tossed around almost exactly a year ago during the 2016 NBA Draft, but this time around it's legit, as Butler will reunite with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Butler has averaged at least 36.9 minutes over each of the last four seasons and that trend will likely continue since Thibodeau generally leaves his best players on the court for hefty amounts of time, even during the regular season. It's not immediately clear where exactly Butler and Andrew Wiggins will line up on the court, whether at shooting guard or small forward, but both players will seemingly float around each of those positions as they also split play-making responsibilities with Karl-Anthony Towns.
7:55 pm (EST)
Kris Dunn Headshot

The Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a trade that will send Dunn along with Zach LaVine and the team's seventh overall pick to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick, K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It is a case of deja vu between these teams, as they almost completed a similar deal during last year's draft. Dunn was the main clog in that deal, as the team had high expectations for the fifth overall pick. However, he struggled a bit to maintain a consistent role in the team's rotation this year, which slightly lowered his value. However, he will have a fresh start in Chicago for a rebuilding Bulls' squad. He will presumably enter the year as the favorite to start at point guard.
7:55 pm (EST)
Zach LaVine Headshot

LaVine was traded to the Bulls on Thursday as part of a deal that will bring Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Wolves nearly acquired Butler at the 2016 draft and have now finally pulled the trigger on a deal a year later. LaVine will head to Chicago, along with the No. 7 pick and Kris Dunn, while Butler and the No. 16 pick come back to Minnesota. LaVine, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February, could miss the start of the 2017-18 season, but he'll likely be one of the Bulls' top offensive options once he returns.
7:50 pm (EST)
Zack Godley (R) Headshot

Godley (3-1) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight batters through seven innings during Thursday's win over Colorado.

The stat line hides that Godley actually pitched into the eighth inning and held the Rockies to just one run through seven frames. Considering the game was at hitter-friendly Coors Field, it was an impeccable outing from the 27-year-old righty. Godley sports an impressive 2.53 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 through nine starts, and his fantasy arrow is pointing straight up. A home date against St. Louis is up next for Godley.
7:48 pm (EST)
Tyler Pill (R) Headshot

Pill was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

He had been in the running to make another start with Zack Wheeler (biceps) on the shelf, but the Mets will instead turn to Rafael Montero to start in his place. Pill was roughed up for five runs over six innings in his spot start against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He'll head back to Las Vegas and could be an option to return as a spot starter should the Mets incur another injury to the rotation.
7:47 pm (EST)
George Springer (R) Headshot

Manager A.J. Hinch said that he does not expect Springer (hand) to require a DL stint and is hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Springer left Thursday's game after taking a Jesse Hahn offering off the hand and he has since been diagnosed with a left hand contusion. The hope is that he'll be back in the lineup as soon as Friday, but even if the Astros give him an extra day off, the expectation is that Springer's injury won't land him on the disabled list. Jake Marisnick would be the likely candidate to take over in center field should Springer sit out Friday.
7:41 pm (EST)
Antonio Senzatela (R) Headshot

Senzatela (9-3) allowed nine runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters over five innings during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

The wheels appear to have fallen off for Senzatela. He entered Thursday's outing with a 5.49 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through his previous seven starts, and the rookie has now allowed 17 runs over his past three outings at Coors Field. That's a concerning trend. Often times, teams are able to get a read on young pitchers once there is more film on them at the highest level, and that is likely the case with Senzatela. How he deals with adversity and adjusts in his next handful of games will be telling. A soft matchup against San Francisco at AT&T Park is on deck for the 22-year-old righty, at least.
7:40 pm (EST)
Michael Conforto (L) Headshot

Conforto is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are turning to another lefty on the hill Thursday with Hyun-Jin Ryu starting, so the Mets will give Conforto another night off. Conforto has made marked improvement against southpaws this season, hitting .238 with a .823 OPS after hitting .104 with a .295 off lefties in 2016. That said, Conforto had cooled off considerably of late overall with a .147/.341/.176 slash line over his last 14 games. Look for Conforto to rejoin the lineup Friday in San Francisco.
7:31 pm (EST)
Travis Shaw (L) Headshot

Shaw went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles and three RBI during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

Not only is Shaw having a solid fantasy season, he's closing in on career-best numbers across the board. The 27-year-old third baseman sports a rock-solid .298/.350/.552 slash line with 14 homers, 51 RBI, seven stolen bases and 35 runs, which is an impressive cross-category return. Those seven steals are also a sneaky bonus.
7:31 pm (EST)
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