The Chicago Bulls were one of the most disappointing teams of the 2015-16 NBA season after failing to make the playoffs. According to the latest NBA rumors, Bulls general manager Gar Forman is willing to trade Jimmy Butler but the player is unhappy about it.
In an interview with CSN Chicago, Forman mentioned that the team will “explore all options” this offseason regarding the future of Butler and the entire Bulls roster. Vice president of Basketball Operations John Paxson also said that the only untouchable player in Chicago history is Michael Jordan.
“We’ve got to explore all options and I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table when you have a disappointing year like this. With that said, obviously, Jimmy has had a fantastic year. From where he was to where he’s gotten to, he’s become a very, very valuable player for us,” Forman said.
“There’s one untouchable guy I’ve ever been around, Michael Jordan. So that’s how I’ve always looked at it,” Paxson added.
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Those comments reached Butler and he is reportedly very upset about it. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the two-time All-Star is already suspicious of Forman’s position on rebuilding the team.
Butler also felt insulted during his contract extension talks that led him to reject a four-year, $44 million offer. However, Butler blossomed into an All-Star and both sides later agreed to a five-year, $ 92.3 million with a player option last offseason.
Johnson also noted in his report the trade discussions the Bulls had with the Boston Celtics at the February deadline. The Celtics’ offer was said to be underwhelming but expect both teams to talk again this summer.
Boston is looking to improve its roster as they are rumored to be going after Kevin Durant in free agency. The Celtics possess a handful of first-round picks and young core players to acquire a top player like Jimmy Butler.
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