It looks like the Boston Celtics aren’t the only team interested in Jimmy Butler.
Late Monday afternoon, the reports surrounding a possible Jimmy Butler trade really ramped up. Surprisingly, none of the reports that came out on Monday involved the Celtics.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have had discussions about a trade involving Butler. This move would make sense for many reasons, the obvious being that Tom Thibodeau is the head coach. During his time in Chicago, Thibodeau loved Butler. Last year, there were reports that the Wolves were trying work out a deal with the Bulls, but things fell through for whatever reason.
Sources: Chicago’s price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest. Sides made preliminary contact this week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2017
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported shortly after that the Pheonix Suns are another team interested in Butler. The Suns are a good trade partner for the Bulls because they own the 4th pick in this year’s NBA draft. They also have an abundance of young players. They may have just enough to land the 27-year-old All-Star.
By far the most interesting team of the three, the Cleveland Cavaliers, also have an interest in acquiring Butler.
The Cavs are trying to engage the Bulls in multi-team trade scenarios that would enable them to acquire Jimmy Butler.https://t.co/HsuzMDpfrl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 19, 2017
The Cavaliers also have inquired about Paul George. They are exploring many options at this point. To make matters even more complicated, the Cavaliers just parted ways with their general manager David Griffin. It looks like LeBron James will be calling the shots in Cleveland for the time being.
As much as it pains me to say, the right move for the Chicago Bulls would be to move Butler. Think about it. If they move Butler, then Dwyane Wade won’t opt into his ridiculous contract. They will also get multiple draft picks and be able to rebuild.
The problem with that theory is that John Paxson and Gar Forman are running the show. Does anyone trust them to make the right deal because I sure as hell don’t.
Things are going to continue to heat up as the draft approaches. Almost every Bulls fan understands they need to rebuild and start from scratch. The problem is the front office doesn’t understand that.
Hopefully, the Bulls will figure things out and will make a move that brightens up the future of the franchise.