Last NBA season, there were speculations within the Chicago Bulls camp that head coach Fred Hoiberg and Jimmy Butler clashed many times. If both sides fail to have a good relationship and if Butler can’t work with new Bulls Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo, there is a big possibility that Butler may find himself in Bulls rumors before the trade deadline in February.
Butler is currently the franchise player in Chicago but will be joined by established veterans Wade and Rondo. But there is worry in the Bulls camp that their skills set won’t mesh with each other for the upcoming NBA season.
Via Hoops Rumors Mail Bag, basketball writer Arthur Hill stated that both the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves “tried hard to swing a deal for Butler around draft time” earlier this 2016 offseason.
“Butler had a well-publicized clash with coach Fred Hoiberg last season, and if he doesn’t mesh well with newcomers Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, look for trade rumors to heat up again,” Hill wrote.
Look for Chicago to trade Butler if Hoiberg, Bulls struggle in the early part of the regular season
The biggest story in Chicago is the homecoming of Wade and their trade of Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. The Bulls got Robin Lopez in the deal and had the cap space to sign free agent Rondo, who wants to re-establish himself as one of the best point guards in the league.
The Bulls might challenge for a playoff spot with their veteran crew. But the Chicago management can also decide to blow up this current core and deal Butler, who is in the second year of a five-year $92 million contract he signed in 2015.
Dealing Butler to Timberwolves makes sense because he will be reunited with former head coach Tom Thibodeau, who was the mentor who made Butler into an unlikely NBA All-Star.
The Timberwolves also want to contend for a playoff spot next year. Giving up some of their young guys like Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine or Ricky Rubio could be tough but something they can consider if it means getting a talent like Butler.
Expect more Bulls rumors in the early part of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season, if Butler, Wade, Rondo and Hoiberg clash at some point.