Jimmy Butler’s trainer tweets how he really feels about the Bulls after trade to Wolves

He said he had met drug dealers with better morals than Forman.

Jimmy Butler was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a steal of a trade on Thursday. His trainer, Travelle Gaines, was not happy about it, to say the least.

Gaines sent out a tweet expressing his displeasure with Gar Forman, the Bulls’ GM. He’s also looking for a realtor in Minneapolis.

The Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick.

The trade reuintes Butler with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. They’ve also got a nice trio set up between him, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins.

Forman and Paxson have wanted to move on from what Thibodeau built in Chicago, and trading Butler was the final piece in doing so.

Hopefully Gaines can find his realtor and get comfy in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Coyotes ‘part ways’ with head coach Dave Tippett after 8 seasons

The move comes the night before the NHL entry draft.

The rebuilding Arizona Coyotes lost the face of their franchise to start the week. To end it, they’re parting ways with head coach Dave Tippett.

The surprising announcement came late Thursday evening, less than 24 hours before the NHL entry draft in Chicago.

This seems like the latest in what could be a series of shake-ups from Andrew Barroway, who became sole owner of the Coyotes last week.

Both Barroway and Tippett released statements on the Coyotes’ website.

“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization,” said Barroway. “Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach. Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward.”

“After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on,” said Tippett. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future.”

Tippett’s firing makes the Blackhawks the only NHL team (excluding the expansion Golden Knights) not to fire at least one head coach since the NHL lockout.

Tippett joined the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the 2009-10 season after a highly successful six-year run with the Dallas Stars. In eight seasons with the Coyotes, Tippett went 282-257-83. Despite making the playoffs in his first three years, the Coyotes haven’t been back in the last five.

Earlier this week, the Coyotes decided not to re-sign Shane Doan, who had captained the team for 14 seasons.

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College World Series 2017 scores and bracket: TCU drops Louisville from Omaha

The Horned Frogs’ pitching held on to save them.

Florida State became the third team eliminated from this year’s College World Series on Wednesday night, dropping a more subdued loss to LSU, 5-4, after a wild affair on Saturday to fail out of Omaha yet again. In the other bracket, Louisville and TCU faced off in an elimination game, after both teams had been beaten by Florida in the CWS’ opening weekend.

TCU eventually eliminated Louisville in a 4-3 victory.

Neither team could break through in the first, with TCU’s Nick Lodolo and Louisville’s Nick Bennett sitting down each other’s sides in order to commence proceedings. Louisville was blanked in the top of the second, but in the bottom of the frame TCU third baseman Elliott Barzilli singled into right, then stole second, then third, and Connor Wanhanen knocked him home on a double to left center.

With Wanhanen on second, Bennett then dinged left fielder Josh Watson for his second runner of the inning. He was by then up to pitch 44 of the outing, and thoroughly smarting from TCU’s extended at-bats. That trouble only led to more, as a wild pitch moved both Horned Frogs over, and suddenly the threat was on.

Ryan Merrill then shot a single through, and that plated both Watson and Wanhanen, but not before an umpire review of Watson’s slide at the plate. He was safe — close, to be sure — but he was clearly safe, and that put the Frogs up, 3-0. Two outs, Merrill on second, and Louisville putting up action in the bullpen.

That pen action would eventually end Bennett’s night, as Adam Wolf came on to try and end the rally. Leadoff man Austen Wade managed a single to plate Merrill, and Wolf allowed no further runs in the frame. Still, though, the damage had been done, and TCU held a substantial lead into the top of the third, 4-0.

Louisville finally busted through in the top of the third, thanks to a Josh Showers single that put across Devin Mann from second. The Cards could manage no more, though, despite their bats finding the ball and some hit batters antics from Wolf.

The Frogs scored none in the bottom of the third, then big time bat Brendan McKay led off in the fourth and immediately blasted a homer to right, thus chopping TCU’s lead in half, 4-2. Devin Hairston followed that up with a single to left center, and the Cardinals were back in the fight with no outs.

TCU started a buildup in the bottom of the fourth, after Wanhanen dropped a single into center and Watson walked. These two worked in impressive tandem all evening, harrying Louisville’s staff into manufactured runs of the old school variety. Nothing came of that one-two, as Watson was tagged out trying to steal second, and off to the fifth they went.

The top of that inning ended Lodolo’s night immediately, after Logan Taylor slammed a big league homer over the right field wall. With the score 4-3, the Frogs couldn’t risk further damage that early in the evening, and so on came the alliterative Cal Coughlin to handle swing duties until the later innings.

Coughlin lasted just two outs, however, and Sean Wymer was brought in to handle mop up duties. He pushed the Frogs through the fifth, putting down the side in the top of the sixth. Big time arm Sam Bordner came on for Louisville in the bottom of the frame, in the hope that he could finish out the game with no more water taken on.

Flamethrower Sam Bordner took the hill for Louisville in the bottom of the sixth, with the Cards sporting still a 4-3 disadvantage. He put down the side in order, then it was TCU’s duty to allow no more Cardinal runs, insofar as tagging hits off Bordner is the tallest of tasks in college baseball this season. Bordner and Wymer thus sat down for a classic pitchers’ duel, with neither crossing runs for two innings.

In the top of the eighth, Louisville catcher Colby Fitch reach first, then tried to steal second where he was thrown out on a very close tag-and-touch. That brought out Cards skipper Dan McDonnell to argue vociferously with the second base umpire, who promptly tossed Louisville’s head man — the first such coaching ejection in the CWS since 2007. McKay struck out swinging and the frame was over.

TCU answered in the bottom of the eighth with an impressive bunt down the third base line, which Drew Ellis fielded then blasted for a wild throw over to second, which Zach Humphreys capitalized on for an advancement to second. Power man Evan Skoug then received an expected intentional walk, and a committee meeting took place at the mound with Lincoln Henzman.

As it happened, though, TCU’s arms could survive the Cards, and they polished off a 4-3 win to score a rematch with Florida on Friday night.

Scores and schedule for College World Series

All times Eastern

Bracket group 1

No. 1 Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 LSU, Florida State

Saturday, June 17

Game 1: Oregon State def. Cal State Fullerton, 6-5
Game 2: LSU def. Florida State, 8 p.m., 5-4

Monday, June 19

Game 3: Florida State elimin. Cal State Fullerton, 6-4
Game 4: Oregon State def. LSU, 13-1

Wednesday, June 21

Game 5: LSU elimin. Florida State, 7-4

Friday, June 23

Game 6: Oregon State vs. LSU, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 24

Game 7 (if Game 5 winner wins Game 7): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN)

Bracket group 2

No. 7 Louisville, Texas A&M, No. 3 Florida, No. 6 TCU

Sunday, June 18

Game 1: Louisville def. Texas A&M, 8-4
Game 2: Florida def. TCU, 3-0

Tuesday, June 20

Game 3: TCU elimin. Texas A&M, 4-1
Game 4: Florida def. Louisville, 5-1

Thursday, June 22

Game 5: TCU elimin. Louisville, 4-3

Friday, June 23

Game 6: Florida vs. Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 24

Game 7 (if Game 5 winner wins Game 7): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN)

College World Series Final

Best-of-three series

Game 1: Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Tuesday, June 27, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3*: Wednesday, June 28, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
*if necessary

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NBA draft grades 2017: Sixers, Timberwolves winning the night

We’re grading the entire first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft as it happens. Come along for the ride.

They say you can’t truly judge an NBA Draft for three, maybe four years. The apocryphal they are dull and boring. What is sports if not a safe space for wild speculation and rash judgment?

The NBA Draft twists that concept up to 11 — we’re trying to assess how 19- and 20-year-olds from colleges and countries most people can’t find on a map will do in a league with some of the best athletes in the world. We’re judging teams’ performances in this event without anything remotely close to perfect information — we can’t truly know what trades are out there, or what value certain slots hold this year. We don’t even really know what teams want to do here other than maximize their value. With NBA free agency around the corner, holes we find now may be fixed in two weeks.

Alas, the world demands judgment, and we shall give it. We are grading each pick (and by extension trades associated with picks) as it comes through for the entire first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Refresh as required.

1. Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz, G, Washington

Sixers fans are — and should be — dancing in the streets over landing Fultz. But it’s worth considering what a steep cost Philadelphia has paid to move up two spots through its weekend trade with the Celtics. Boston will either get a very good Lakers pick in 2018 and a likely-to-be very good Kings pick in 2019. Meanwhile, the Sixers could have gotten a highly rated point guard like De’Aaron Fox at No. 3 and retained that extra asset for another shot at a superstar (through using the pick or trading it).

Fultz is more of a sure thing than Fox, but is the gap big enough to justify giving up another top-5 pick? That the Celtics scooped up the deal so fast tells me at least one team is skeptical the Sixers properly valued those picks. Which front office do you trust more?

GRADE: [thinking face emoji]


Alright, this Ben Simmons to Joel Embiid alley-oop on the Balls changed my mind.

REVISED GRADE: Trust the Process.

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA

In what has seemed something like destiny since December, the Lakers land L.A.’s own marquee star in Ball. Having cleared the path by trading D’Angelo Russell to the Nets this week, the Lakers should give Lonzo every opportunity to bring his modern style of pace-pushing, three-jacking, Kiddian play to the NBA. It should mesh with what Luke Walton wants to see, and hopefully the other Laker youth — or the stars they are traded for — can benefit from Ball’s playmaking.

GRADE: Showtime 2.0

3. Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, F, Duke

Boston drafted a defense-first bundle of fast-twitch in Jaylen Brown a year ago. This year, it’s the smoother, more refined natural scorer in Tatum. That seems like an appropriate combo, provided either can play power forward full-time in the NBA. In fact, with the league’s slow progression toward full-on smallball, you wonder how long it will be until Brad Stevens experiments with Tatum at the five and Brown at the four. (Especially if Gordon Hayward comes to town.) Just because the Celtics have a small point guard doesn’t mean they have to be small altogether.

Regardless of how Tatum fits with Brown, this pick will be graded based almost entirely on how good Josh Jackson becomes. That’s not fair to Tatum, but he can wipe his tears with one of his many millions of dollar bills. (Fact: NBA rookies get paid in crisp, impossible to separate one dollar bills. It’s in the collective bargaining agreement.)

GRADE: Thank you, Brooklyn

4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, F, Kansas

Jackson was floated as a potential No. 1 pick at times this season, and plenty of watchers believed the Jayhawk was who Boston’s Danny Ainge had targeted when trading down to No. 3. Instead, it was Tatum.

So Phoenix, who has fallen out of top three two straight years, landed a top-3 talent in Jackson. The Suns have been passed around in trade rumors in the past week, but Jackson is probably worth keeping. He and Marquese Chriss could make a fearsome wing pair with stupendous athleticism and size.

Or they could be the new Michael Kidd-Gilchrists. We’ll see.

GRADE: Dunks

5. Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky

Fox becomes the latest Calipari kid to land in Lexington West. With Darren Collison and Ty Lawson hitting free agency, Fox could start from Day 1 and make a run at Rookie of the Year.

The problem: can he shoot? Can point guards who can’t shoot work in the modern NBA?

GRADE: Go Big Blue

6. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State

Here’s the good news: the Magic have John Hammond, who drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo, in their front office. Isaac has been compared to the Greek Freak. Here’s the bad news: Jonathan Isaac is not Giannis Antetokounmpo. He doesn’t have the court vision, hands, or ball skills Antetokounmpo did at this age. But Giannis is super special. A poor man’s Giannis is darn good.

Those arms! Those legs! That motor!

GRADE: This is a team Dr. Frankenstein would love

7. Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen, F, Arizona

Let’s talk about the Jimmy Butler trade. The Bulls sent Butler and No. 16 to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and this pick. This is a good trade … if the Bulls are ready to build from the ground up and develop youth well. They developed Derrick Rose, Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and others. But Fred Hoiberg hasn’t had much success with raw players. So we’ll see.

GRADE: Ha ha Dwyane Wade opted in for $24 million please don’t re-sign Rondo for the love of all that is holy

8. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, G, France

The New York Knicks did not trade Kristaps Porzingis.


9. Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith, G, North Carolina State

The Mavs earn a solid grade for two reasons. The first is that Smith looks legit; he’s the most exciting young guard Dallas has had since Yogi Ferrell wait Seth Curry hold on Jeremy Lin I mean Rodrigue “The Untouchable” Beaubois.

The second is that the Mavs kept this pick so close to the vest that ESPN’s live broadcast closed to within five minutes of the Twitter leakers (Shams Charania, in this case). Well done!


10. Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga

The Blazers, who began the night with three first-round picks, packaged Nos. 15 and 20 to move up to No. 10 and take Collins. This is exactly what teams with multiple bottom-half firsts and limited roster space need to do: package them and move up.

I’m just not sure Collins is a suitable modern NBA center.


11. Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky

So many hardcore NBA fans were wondering how in the world Charlotte would replace Marco Belinelli after the Hornets traded him in the Dwight Howard deal this week. Here’s your answer.

GRADE: Buckets

12. Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke

Stan Van Gundy realizes he never should have traded Kyle Singler for Reggie Jackson and rights his wrong.

GRADE: Where’s Grayson Allen tonight?

13. Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville

The Jazz traded Trey Lyles and No. 24 to the Nuggets for this pick. Lyles didn’t seem to totally fit in with the Jazz — on paper it looked like a match, but in practice it wasn’t great. Mitchell will slide in among an unsettled backcourt that faces some free agency issues. But he’s a rangy grinder, which is so perfectly Utah.

GRADE: Pay Joe Ingles

14. Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky

Bam gave John Calipari yet another year with three lottery picks! He did it!

According to the ESPN broadcast, Bam (born Edrice) was given his nickname after flipping the coffee table while watching The Flintstones. GOAT?

GRADE: His name is Bam so A+ of course

15. Sacramento Kings: Justin Jackson, G/F, North Carolina

The Kings traded back and drafted a dude old enough to go drinking gambling play bingo with Buddy Hield. Score!


The NBA’s 2017 Draft Baseball Caps

Y’all, these things are shiny. Baseball caps ought not to be shiny.


16. Minnesota Timberwolves: Justin Patton, C, Creighton

A kid from Nebraska is moving to Minnesota. News at 11. (He’s actually an interesting fit behind Karl-Anthony Towns.)

GRADE: Smiley emoji with the sunglasses

17. Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan

There had been rumors Wilson might have a first round promise in the late 20s. So much for that! Milwaukee’s rotation has space for yet another kid depending on whether Greg Monroe or John Henson (or both) get moved.


18. Indiana Pacers: T.J. Leaf, F, UCLA

As someone who watched plenty of UCLA basketball (I did it for the Lonzo), I have absolutely no tether on whether Leaf can play in the NBA. High school All-Americans typically make it, but not always. And who knows where Indiana goes from here?

GRADE: Trade Paul George already

19. Atlanta Hawks: John Collins, F, Wake Forest

Not to be confused with Zach Collins, who went nine picks earlier! Zach won the Collins battle, but John may yet win the Collins war.

GRADE: Pay Paul Millsap

20. Sacramento Kings: Harry Giles, F, Duke

Say what you will about the Sacramento Kings. (Please, do.) But with Fox, Jackson, Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield, perhaps Bogdan Bogdanovic, and now Giles? That’s at least a very good Summer League team. At least.

GRADE: Warriors of Vegas

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australia

Ferguson bypassed college basketball to play professional in Australia. It didn’t seem to help his draft stock too much — 11 one-and-done players went in front of him — but hey, he got paid! Over the table, even.

GRADE: Is Victor Oladipo trade bait?

22. Brooklyn Nets: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas

Jarrett Allen looks like he came out of a documentary on the ABA’s Nets and said he’s having the computer he built himself shipped to Brooklyn as soon as possible.


23. Toronto Raptors: O.G. Anunoby, F, Indiana

Anunoby and his short shorts will be starting by All-Star Weekend (provided he’s back from his ACL surgery). Book it.

GRADE: Masai Ujiri is great

24. Denver Nuggets: Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse

The Nuggets need defenders. They drafted a shooter.

GRADE: Shrug emoji

25. Philadelphia 76ers: Andzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia

The Sixers bought this pick. The Kristaps Porzingis wooing begins!

GRADE: Latvian flag

26. Portland Trail Blazers: Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue

Swanigan is one of my favorite stories in this draft. He’s already won.


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NBA draft 2017 live results: Pick-by-pick tracker

All of Thursday’s selections, from pick 1 to 60.

The 2017 NBA draft has been a busy night, with teams trying to reshape their futures by adding and swapping talent Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This draft was loaded with intrigue, with the Philadelphia 76ers trading up to get the No. 1 pick, which they used to draft Washington guard Markelle Fultz. The Boston Celtics won the draft lottery, and parlayed that top pick into the No. 3 pick this year plus a future first-round pick.

Boston, which reached the Eastern Conference Finals this season, is set up quite well for the future. But just what are the Celtics up to?

There are also the Los Angeles Lakers picking No. 2, with new team president Magic Johnson and former agent-turned-general manager Rob Pelinka at the helm. UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball was the pick here, staying home in Los Angeles.

The first big trade on draft night was Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, with Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick among the return for the Chicago Bulls.

NBA Draft 2017 pick-by-pick results

Round 1

1) Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz, G, Washington

2) Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

3) Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke

4) Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

5) Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky

6) Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State

7) Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona

8) New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France

9) Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith, Jr., PG, NC State

10) Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga

11) Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky

12) Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, G, Duke

13) Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville

14) Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky

15) Sacramento Kings: Justin Jackson, SG, North Carolina

16) Minnesota Timberwolves: Justin Patton, C, Creighton

17) Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan

18) Indiana Pacers: T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA

19) Atlanta Hawks: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest

20) Sacramento Kings: Harry Giles, F, Duke

21) Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australia

22) Brooklyn Nets: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas

23) Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana

24) Denver Nuggets: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse

25) Orlando Magic: Andzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia

26) Portland Trail Blazers: Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue

27) Brooklyn Nets

28) Los Angeles Lakers

29) San Antonio Spurs

30) Utah Jazz

Round 2

31) Charlotte Hornets

32) Phoenix Suns

33) Orlando Magic

34) Sacramento Kings

35) Memphis Grizzlies

36) Philadelphia 76ers

37) Boston Celtics

38) Chicago Bulls

39) Philadelphia 76ers

40) New Orleans Pelicans

41) Atlanta Hawks

42) Utah Jazz

43) Houston Rockets

44) New York Knicks

45) Houston Rockets

46) Philadelphia 76ers

47) Indiana Pacers

48) Milwaukee Bucks

49) Denver Nuggets

50) Philadelphia 76ers

51) Denver Nuggets

52) Washington Wizards

53) Boston Celtics

54) Phoenix Suns

55) Utah Jazz

56) Boston Celtics

57) Brooklyn Nets

58) New York Knicks

59) San Antonio Spurs

60) Atlanta Hawks

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This Kentucky basketball trio may be the most exciting group John Calipari is sending to the NBA

Fox, Monk and Adebayo will be league pass watch material.

Three Kentucky Wildcats were selected in the lottery of the 2017 NBA Draft for the third time in history — unsurprisingly the most of any team in college basketball. De’Aaron Fox went No. 5 overall to the Sacramento Kings, Malik Monk fell to No. 11 for the Charlotte Hornets, and Bam Adebayo leaped to No. 14 for the Miami Heat. It was a slight surprise, but this is classic John Calipari.

The other times Cal’s produced three or four lottery players

In 2010, Calipari shipped a pair of stars in John Wall (No. 1) and DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5) to the league, and a contributor in Patrick Patterson (No. 14).

In 2015, the Wildcats sent FOUR players to the league via lottery. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6, Trey Lyles No. 12, and Devin Booker No. 13. The last of that group scored 70 points in a game last season.

Those were more complete talents, but 2017 may be the splashiest Kentucky trio.

Fox at No. 5 is the Wildcats’ highest pick in 2017, and he’s selected more for his upside as a solid ball-handler and playmaker, rather than the immediate star potential both Towns and Wall brought. Monk is a known shooter with question marks as to what else he brings, and Adebayo really struggles on the offensive end aside from lobs. But they’re all entertaining.

Between Fox and his father’s feuds with Lonzo and LaVar Ball, Monk’s unbelievable off-balance threes, and Adebayo’s rim-slamming dunks, these ‘Cats are made for the highlight reel.

The Kings are Fox’s team to run from the jump. He’s sure to log major minutes, and with Ball also in the state of California, heat will be had despite Sacramento’s uninspiring roster.

Monk is going to run one of the fastest backcourts in the league beside Kemba Walker with three-point shots galore, and Adebayo is ready to catch whatever Goran Dragic throws.

Though they may not be the most talented group, they’ll all be league pass material.

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