There are speculations within the Chicago Bulls camp that they might “blow it up” should the team struggle in the 2016-2017 NBA Season and fail to make the NBA Playoffs.
Rumors had Jimmy Butler going to the Boston Celtics or Minnesota Timberwolves during draft day but the team was aggressive in free agency by signing veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
The move meant that the Bulls are aiming high this season and want to make the postseason.
With three “Alphas” they want to have a shot in upsetting the top teams in the Eastern Conference like the Cleveland Cavaliers. The leadership and experience of Rondo and Wade are expected to play a vital role in helping the Bulls and turning Butler into a superstar in Chicago.
However, according to an ESPN Insider article, the Bulls can choose to rebuild than target a playoff spot in the upcoming seasons.
“I think it’s a real possibility, especially if the Rio Olympics made Butler hungry for more immediate success. I could see any one of Rondo, Wade or Butler becoming available this season,” NBA analyst Tom Haberstroh said in a recent article.
“But moving Butler would net the most return at the deadline, and it would also give the Bulls a fresh start in the Fred Hoiberg era.”
Jimmy Butler was a crucial part of the Team USA squad that won the gold medal in the basketball competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Teaming up with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and others made him exposed to winning basketball, something he has not experienced with the Bulls the last two years.
Both Wade and Rondo have short-term contracts in Chicago. Wade could hit free agency after the year and there are rumors that he wants to join LeBron James in Cleveland. Wade said that he’s not into “ring chasing” but if Chicago struggles so bad this season, it could frustrate the veteran and force him to move to another team.
Rondo is signed for two years but could also hit free agency after the season. Rondo showed he is still an All-Star point guard but if he does not fit with Butler and Wade in Chicago, he might consider moving to another team where he has a shot of winning the NBA title.
No team will try to get Wade and Rondo this season unless they want a one-year rental. So a trade of Wade or Rondo can only happen if they are going to title contenders.
Jimmy Butler’s value is different since he has four years left in his contract with the Bulls. Any team that acquires him will have him for the long-term. Jimmy Butler will be a good fit with either the Celtics or Timberwolves and will make those teams title or playoff contenders next season.