NBA rumors: Lakers interested in Jimmy Butler trade, Bulls keep him in fold

NBA rumors: Lakers interested in Jimmy Butler trade, Bulls keep him in fold

Will Jimmy Butler land with the Los Angeles Lakers? The Chicago Bulls are listening to the offers pitched for their All-Star, but are not willing to deal him for now, according to reports.

The Lakers have signed Luke Walton as their head coach for this season. Now they are looking to rope in one of the league’s All-Stars to boost their roster. In Jimmy Butler they find an available option, depending if the Bulls put him on the trading block this summer.

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The two-way wing won the league’s Most Improved Player Award in 2015 and earned an All-Star status in the each of the last two editions of NBA. But the Bulls were a big disappointment this season, as they failed to make it to the playoffs despite having a star-studded roster. And Jimmy Butler has shouldered the responsibility for the Bulls’ failure. Earlier experts believed that the Bulls will trade off Butler during this summer.

But according to Sherrord Blakey of, Chicago is listening to the offers pitched for Butler, but are still unlikely to deal him.

“A league source tells that the Bulls, while still open to listening to offers for Butler, are telling teams that are inquiring about his availability that their plan for now is to keep him in the fold,” the source indicated.

“And while there was some thought that a top-3 pick coupled with a few decent players might be enough to entice the Bulls to pull the trigger on a deal to trade Butler, has been told such an offer would have to include at least one “legitimate, NBA starter” for the Bulls to even possibly consider trading him. And that might be a stretch.”

The Lakers are also eyeing Paul George of the Indiana pacers. The Lakers will have to deal their projected top 3 draft pick along with two guys of their young core to start a discussion regarding players of Butler’s market value.

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