Chicago Bulls executive vice president John Paxson addressed the trade rumors surrounding their star player Jimmy Butler. Paxson revealed that the Bulls aren’t eyeing to move Butler unless an NBA team will offer an unbelievable deal.
“I want to make this clear: We’re not looking to move Jimmy Butler,” Paxson told David Kaplan and Pat Boyle on WMVP-AM 1000 in one breath.
Jimmy Butler automatically became the new face of the franchise after the Bulls traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks last summer. Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade joined the Bulls and formed the “Three Alphas” with Butler. The Bulls went through ups and downs in the regular season but still managed to enter the playoffs.
After surprisingly winning the first two games, the Bulls lost the last four games against the Boston Celtics and were eliminated in the playoffs. In the coming weeks, Butler plans to talk with the Bulls management regarding the direction they want to take. Paxson said that they will be respecting Butler’s opinion and will talk to him about their goal this summer.
Is Jimmy Butler untouchable this summer?
Paxson’s statement doesn’t necessarily mean that the Bulls won’t entertain any offer for Jimmy Butler in the upcoming offseason. According to K.C. Johnson of Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will keep all options open regarding a potential Butler trade.
“If somebody came to you and offered you some unbelievable deal, you’d have to look at it,” Paxson said. “But that’s not a knock on the player or saying you’re not committed to him.”
Before the trade deadline, rumors circulated that the Bulls don’t see Butler as the player they should build around. Chicago appeared to be close to trading Butler and start rebuilding the team. Unfortunately, the trade deadline passed with Butler still on the team.
There are speculations that the Bulls’ asking price is too much for other NBA teams to make a deal. If they will not lower their demand this summer, it’s likely the Butler will still be in Bulls’ uniform next season.
Jimmy Butler an odd fit with coach Fred Hoiberg’s system
Recently, Paxson said that Butler isn’t fitted with coach Fred Hoiberg’s pace-and-push style. Paxson clarified his comment and explained that he wants Butler to play more on the wing than at the point.
“I talked to him about this (Saturday): We talk about playing with pace and push. I personally don’t think Jimmy should be 100 percent point guard where he’s bringing the ball up the floor,” Paxson said. “If we can get playing with pace more consistently, I’d love to see Jimmy use his athleticism out on the wing, running ahead of the ball where we could throw it ahead to him. He might get two more easy baskets a game, get to the foul line a few more times.”
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