The Chicago Bulls will be making a tough decision in the upcoming offseason whether they will continue to build around Jimmy Butler or undergo a full-scale rebuild. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Bulls are not ruling out trading Butler if the right deal comes along this summer.
The Bulls started the NBA Playoffs 2017 with a 2-0 advantage over the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, after losing Rajon Rondo due to injury, the Bulls struggled to win and suffered an easy elimination in the Eastern Conference playoffs. With their eyes focused in the offseason, Chicago needs to decide if they will keep the “Three Alphas” intact.
NBA Rumors: Bulls will entertain offers for Jimmy Butler this summer
According to Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, the Bulls management would not rule out trading Jimmy Butler in the upcoming offseason. When asked about Butler’s future in Chicago, Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said, “You always have to keep things open.’’ Paxson also revealed that they want to add another superstar to play alongside Butler.
However, their current salary cap would prevent them to do so. Last offseason, the Bulls appeared to be close to trading the All-Star. Unfortunately, they wanted at least one starting caliber player and a first-round pick for Butler, making it hard for them to find an ideal trade partner. In the middle of the 2016-17 NBA season, rumors circulated that the Bulls don’t see Butler as the player they should build around.
Paxson plans to talk to the 27-year-old small forward in the coming weeks. He pointed out that the superstar doesn’t fit well with coach Fred Hoiberg’s push-the-pace style. Paxson’s statement only proved that the Bulls are serious about moving Butler once the right deal comes along this summer.
NBA Rumors: Jimmy Butler trade makes Wade’s Heat return possible
If the Bulls trade Butler, there is no reason for Dwyane Wade to stay in Chicago. The three-time NBA champion admitted that Butler was the main reason why decided to join the Bulls last summer. As of now, Wade is yet to decide whether he will pick up $23.8 million option for next season or not.
“It is a Dwyane Wade decision at the end of the day, but everyone knows that Jimmy’s my guy,” Wade said Saturday of his looming option decision that must be made before the July 1 start of free agency.
Wade plans to talk to the Bulls management regarding the direction the team wants to take. If they will push the Jimmy Butler trade, Wade is expected to opt out and become a free agent. There are speculations that Wade is eyeing to return to the Miami Heat. However, this can only be made possible if he’s willing to take a pay cut and accept a potential bench role.
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