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.

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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.
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.

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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.
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.

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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.
Jarrod Dyson (L) Headshot

Dyson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

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After starting each of the last four games for the Mariners, Dyson will head to the bench with southpaw Daniel Norris toeing the rubber for the Tigers. Guillermo Heredia will start in his place in center field for the contest.
Corey Seager (L) Headshot

Seager is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

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Despite riding a three-game hitting streak, Seager will head to the bench for a breather after starting all 19 games this month. Chris Taylor will take over for him at shortstop, giving Franklin Gutierrez a chance to start in left field.
Joc Pederson (L) Headshot

Pederson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

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Pederson has started nine straight games since returning from the disabled list, so he'll get a breather for Thursday's series finale as Enrique Hernandez takes over in center field. The 25-year-old has reached base in all nine games this month, slashing .267/.463/.567 with an impressive 6:9 K:BB over that span.
Yasmani Grandal (B) Headshot

Grandal is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

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Despite knocking three homers over the last two games, Grandal will head to the bench for Thursday's series finale. Austin Barnes will take over behind the dish for him, while Grandal should be back in action Friday against the Rockies.
Eduardo Núñez (R) Headshot

Nunez (hamstring) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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As expected, Nunez will be held out of Thursday's contest in order to rest his ailing hamstring. He plans to test it out before Friday's series opener against the Mets, at which point he could end up on the disabled list if he is still feeling discomfort. Kelby Tomlinson is starting at third base in his place Thursday.
George Springer (R) Headshot

Springer (hand) was diagnosed with a left hand contusion after exiting Thursday's game following a hit by pitch.

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Springer will be considered day-to-day following his injury that occurred during the first at-bat of Thursday's affair. He was struck by a fastball that nicked his shoulder and proceeded to catch is left hand which caused the 27-year-old to be removed from the game. Springer could be back in action as soon as Friday night against the Mariners, but the Astros may stress precaustion and choose to give Jake Marisnick the start, especially with all the outfield depth that Houston employs.
Brandon Belt (L) Headshot

Belt is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Despite riding a four-game hitting streak, Belt is batting just .179 (4-for-31) over his last eight games, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head. Buster Posey will take over for him at first base while Nick Hundley gets the start behind the dish.
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