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UA’s Lauri Markkanen picked at No. 7, traded to Bulls in Jimmy Butler deal

Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen, left, and guard Kobi Simmons celebrate after they scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. Arizona won 96-85. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Arizona Wildcats big man Lauri Markkanen went No. 7 in the NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he will reportedly be traded to the Chicago Bulls as part of a Jimmy Butler blockbuster.

Chicago sent Butler and the 16th pick to Minnesota for the pick that selected Markkanen along with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 7-foot-1 Markkanen, who is from Finland, averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent overall and 42 percent from three-point range as a freshman for Arizona.


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