The Jimmy Butler Era for the Chicago Bulls might be over. The Bulls are heavily shopping Butler before the NBA Draft and two teams have emerged as favorites to land Butler: the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
CSN Chicago reports the Bulls aren't just listening to trade offers for Butler, they're actively shopping him. The Cavs and Celtics are the two favorites, though the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have expressed some interest. One league executive told CSN Chicago "It's either Boston or Cleveland but he's going."
The Bulls offered Butler for the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, but the Celtics turned them down. However, the Celtics would still need to balance salary in any trade for Butler. But the presence of the Cavs, if they can get through their current GM issues, means the Celtics might up their offer price. If the Bulls netted the No. 3 overall pick, they'd likely take Kansas forward Josh Jackson.
CSN Chicago also reports that Butler, unlike Paul George of the Pacers, wants to stay with his current team. However, the Bulls are looking to jumpstart their rebuilding process by moving Butler.Back to the NBA Newsfeed