Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler has been linked with several teams this offseason including the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Bulls have removed Butler from the trade market.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Bulls have reportedly taken the two-time All-Star off the market, for now. The Chicago front office will see how the Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, and Jimmy Butler dynamic pans out next season.
“If Wade plays well enough to keep them in the postseason race, the Bulls might feel comfortable flipping Butler for picks, triggering a rebuild that would only start in earnest once Wade and Rondo cycle out,” Lowe wrote.
The Bulls’ moves in the offseason have been confusing, to say the least. Rondo, Butler, and Wade are not known for their shooting while their head coach, Fred Hoiberg, needs shooters for his offense. The NBA is also evolving into a 3-point shooting league but Chicago is going backward.
According to Hoops Rumors, the Bulls can always revisit a trade for Butler at the deadline when their experiment fails. The Celtics and Timberwolves tried trading for him until draft night but no deal was made.
Boston seems the most logical destination for Butler since they have the players and assets to convince the Bulls to let him go. He forms a formidable trio with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford that could give the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money.
Nevertheless, the Bulls are going to try how Rondo, Butler, and Wade work next season. There is a big chance that they can make it work and everyone will be happy. But if it fails, look for Gar Forman and John Paxson to trade Butler at the deadline.
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