NBA Rumors: Bulls may not trade Jimmy Butler this offseason

NBA Rumors: Bulls may not trade Jimmy Butler this offseason

Chicago Bulls star guard Jimmy Butler has been involved in a lot of trade speculations since the deadline last February. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Bulls may not trade Butler this summer and look at his chemistry with his teammates and coaches next season.

The 26-year-old is coming off an All-Star season but he was not able to help the Bulls reach the 2016 NBA playoffs. It is the first time since 2008 that Chicago did not qualify for the postseason.

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As mentioned in a previous report, Bulls general manager Gar Forman hinted at the media that they are looking to trade Butler this season. However, the player seemed to learn about is and unhappy with how his GM handled it.

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According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls front office is having second thoughts on letting Butler go this offseason. Butler is still one of the best two-way players in the NBA and it would be hard to trade him since he still has $75.9 million left on his contract.

Nonetheless, the Bulls will likely see how Butler plays next season with his teammates.  Johnson speculates that if a fallout between Butler and Hoiberg or the front office happens, the player or his agent may demand a trade.

The two-time All-Star missed a chunk of games last season due to a knee injury. He only played in 67 games but was able to average 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

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In a report by ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves may make an offer for Butler due to his connection with head coach Tom Thibodeau. However, it should be noted that Forman and Bulls vice president John Paxson are not in good terms with their former coach.

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