OMG, apparently the entire NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler

OMG, apparently the entire NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler

Apparently everyone in the NBA wants to trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls' All-Star forward was the subject of a pair of Twitter reports on Monday afternoon, rumored to be drawing the interest of both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Minnesota, of course, is the home of Tom Thibodeau, the former Bulls head coach who is now running the Timberwolves. Butler spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Thibodeau, who famously turned him into the new Luol Deng by playing Butler 38.7 minutes a game in each of Thibodeau's final two seasons in Chicago.

Minnesota certainly has a lot to offer, boasting the No. 7 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, as well as young star Zach LaVine, who is recovering from season-ending ACL surgery. The Bulls were reportedly high on Kris Dunn, who the Timberwolves selected fifth overall in last year's draft.

Cleveland, meanwhile, lost the NBA Finals last week, finishing runner-up to the Golden State Warriors for the second time in the past three seasons. LeBron James & Co. are already a super team of sorts — despite the King's post-Finals answer — with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in town.

Any hypothetical trade of Butler to Cleveland would mean Butler heading to one of the Bulls' Central Division rivals, which obviously wouldn't be ideal considering Butler's status of one of the league's better players.

But there are other teams in the race for Butler, too, including the Boston Celtics — long rumored as a Butler suitor — and the Phoenix Suns, according to CSN's Vincent Goodwill.

It's obvious that if the Bulls are selling that a ton of teams would be interested. Butler has made the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in each of the past three seasons, he was named the league's Most Improved Player in 2014-15, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team this past season.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Would Jordan's Bulls have won 8 straight titles?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Would Jordan's Bulls have won 8 straight titles?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Vincent Goodwill look past the Bulls loss to the Knicks and debate if free agents Isaiah Thomas or Jabari Parker be a good fit on the Bulls. Plus why Fred Hoiberg is in the midst of his best coaching in his Bulls tenure. Kendall also explains why he’s not convinced that Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine can coexist on the court together. And is Collin Sexton the right or wrong player for the team come draft time? Plus the debate between KG and Vincent on IF the Bulls would have won 8 straight titles had Jordan not retired.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Bulls make history for 3-point futility in loss to Knicks


Bulls make history for 3-point futility in loss to Knicks

It was a bad night for the Bulls from beyond the arc. That's putting it lightly, seeing as it was perhaps their worst 3-point performance under Hoiberg and, for volume's sake, one of the worst in NBA history.

Let's try to break it down with the numbers, beginning with the raw ones: The Bulls shot 3 of 30 (10%) from 3-point range in their 110-92 loss to the Knicks. Those three makes all came from bench players (Bobby Portis, Noah Vonleh, Antonio Blakeney). Their starters were an incredible 0-for-19 from beyond the arc. The reserves looked like the Rockets in comparison, going a blistering 3-for-11.

The Bulls began the game missing their first eight 3-point attempts in the first quarter, then another to begin the second quarter. Vonleh broke the skid with a triple, making the Bulls 1-for-10. The Bulls missed their next two triples before Portis splashed home his only deep make of the night. The Bulls were then 2-for-13. They finished the second quarter 2-for-12, and the first half 2-for-20.

They somehow managed to attempt just two 3-pointers in the third quarter, both misses. Then they missed their first two attempts of the fourth quarter before Blakeney's triple with 8:00 left in the fourth quarter. It'd be the last triple the Bulls made - they missed their final five attempts.

OK, got that all? It wasn't pretty. Here's how not pretty it was, dating back to 1983-84 (major shoutout to Basketball Reference for having these stats available):

-- Prior to tonight, only three teams in NBA history had attempted 30 or more 3-pointers and made less than 10 percent of them. The Bulls are now the fourth.

1. 2016 Rockets: 3 of 35 (8.6%)
2. 2017 Nets: 3 of 33 (9.1%)
3. 2018 Suns: 3 of 32 (9.4%)
4. 2018 Bulls: 3 of 30 (10.0%)

-- The 10% shooting from 3 was the second worst performance from deep under Hoiberg.

1. 2016 vs. Warriors: 1 of 20 (5%)
2. 2018 at Knicks: 3 of 30 (10%)
3. 2016 vs. Heat: 1 of 8 (12.5%)
4. 2016 at Pistons: 2 of 15 (13.3%)

And to put it all in perspective, the Bulls' 3 of 30 shooting from deep was nearly twice as bad as Pistons center Andre Drummond's career 3-point field goal percentage: 5 of 26 (19.2%).

Not great, Bob. But for the tanking crowd, it was a helluva night.