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Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler and Steph Curry were named the NBA Players of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon.

Butler — the Eastern Conference choice — responded to trade rumors by averaging 38 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as he led the Bulls to wins over the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. 

The Bulls superstar scored 52 points against the Hornets (the first 50-point showing in the United Center by a Bull since some dude named Michael Jordan in 1997) and also added 20 points against the Cavs and 42 against the Raptors Saturday night.

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Butler made 42 of his 46 free throw attempts over the course of the week, chipping in seven steals, a block and eight threes.

Curry, meanwhile, took home the Western Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 31.8 points last week as the Golden State Warriors went 3-1. 

On the season, Butler is averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals.

He has improved his points-per-game average in all six of his NBA seasons.

How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?

Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.