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Tom Thibodeau reels off 10 Jimmy Butler compliments in 30 seconds

Tom Thibodeau reels off 10 Jimmy Butler compliments in 30 seconds

Bring the coolers, it's reunion time in Minnesota. 

After Thursday's blockbuster trade between the Bulls and Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau are reunited. We'll find out in a few months whether or not it will feel so good, but it's an exciting transaction for a Timberwolves franchise that hasn't reached the postseason in 13 seasons. 

Butler and Thibs spent four years together in Chicago, yielding a respectable degree of success. On one hand, Butler rose from role player to top-15 stud, conflating his high motor with sustained offensive improvement to become an NBA All-Star. 

On the other, Thibs' relationship with Gar Forman and John Paxson rapidly trekked south, leading to his firing and replacement with Fred Hoiberg. 

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler insisted he had nothing bad to say about Hoiberg, but it was clear their personalities didn't fully mesh. Now, he'll be back with a familiar, intense face. 

The results expected for attempt two of the Thibs-Butler project are up in the air, but when the Timberwolves head coach addressed the media on Friday, he had nothing but positive things to say about Butler. 

In less than 30 seconds of time, Thibs lauded Butler's growth and ability with 10 swift compliments: 

1. "The thing that you can't overlook with him is his playmaking."

2. "You're getting a two-way player." 

3. "You're getting a guy that can score a lot of different ways." 

4. "He can guard multiple positions." 

5. "He can actually guard four positions well." 

6. "He makes big shots late." 

7. "He plays the right way." 

8. "He's tough." 

9. "Practices hard."

10. "He's smart."  

His conclusion? "We were excited to get him." 

If you're instantly jealous, take the consolation that Thibs was sincere about how difficult it was to lose Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn. 

"We hated to part ways with Zach and Kris," he told reporters. "To get a player like Jimmy, you have to give good players up and we did." 

CSN's Mark Strotman also provided an in-depth scouting report on LaVine and Dunn

As for the assumed awkwardness between the teams' front offices, Thibs echoed Gar/Pax sentiments. Both believed negotiations were "very professional." 

And with that, both franchises have clearly chosen a direction. 

Reliving hilarious Jimmy Butler moments

Reliving hilarious Jimmy Butler moments

Although he had that killer mentality on the floor, Jimmy Butler knew how to provide lighthearted entertainment off of it. 

During his six years with the Bulls, the three-time All-Star made us laugh on a number of occasions.

From his exchanges with CSN Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill to his postgame eye patch interview, Butler's colorful personality will be sorely missed.

Watch the video above as we compiled some of his most hilarious moments.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Gar Forman defends Jimmy Butler trade

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Gar Forman defends Jimmy Butler trade

On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill recap the Bulls' busy NBA Draft and the decision to trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. 

Bulls general manager Gar Forman joins the panel for an exclusive interview. He breaks down why the organization decided to move the three-time All-Star. 

Click here to Bulls Talk Podcast.