NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls to trade-off Jimmy Butler?

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Will the Chicago Bulls trade their best player of this season? The Bulls currently have a 39-38 win-loss record, and have five regular season games in hand in the 2015-16 NBA season.

The Bulls struggled with their injury riddled roster and are eyeing to trade off few big names including Jimmy Butler in this offseason.

Former MVP Derrick Rose missed 16 games due to injuries and Jimmy Butler sat out for 15 games due to the same problems. This hit the Bulls hard at the point guard position.

Joakim Noah added to the misery by missing 48 games. The Bulls have lost more than 195 games combined due to injuries, the seventh most in the NBA. More significant is that, this is the highest among the teams still in the playoff hunt.

The Bulls inked a massive deal with Jimmy Butler last July, but Butler couldn’t gel with head coach Fred Hoiberg’s new style of play. Butler’s natural game demands more aggression and he’s eyeing a much bigger leading role to maximize his potential.

The Bulls’ front office is reportedly not happy with Hoiberg’s laid-back coaching style as well, but Hoiberg’s remaining $20 million salary makes him safe at Chicago, at least for this offseason.

Under these circumstances, the Bulls are looking forward to making significant changes in the coming offseason.

Will Chicago trade off the two-time All-star Jimmy Butler? Arguably Butler is the franchise’s best bet in the trade market. And if the Bulls are keen to make any significant change in their roster for next season, moving Butler would yield the greatest value in return.

Big-man Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will become unrestricted free agents in the offseason. Gasol has clearly indicated that he will be declining his $7.76 million player option for next season, as reported by the Basketball Insiders.

Both parties, Gasol and the Bulls, have talked openly about signing a new deal. If it materializes, the Bulls are going to retain a guy who turns 36 next season on a high price. The front office has the option to rethink over it.

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