The Chicago Bulls are open to dealing Jimmy Butler, according to a Thursday report from Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher.
"The team made it known weeks ago through back channels that shooting guard Jimmy Butler is available for the right price," Bucher said in his report.
This week, Butler has already put together a 52-point explosion in a win over the Hornets and 20-point performance in a win over the Cavaliers. Bucher said that this recent hot streak is not likely to change the front office's thinking, though, adding "they are uncertain about building around Butler."
It's not the first time Butler has been at the center of trade rumors. Butler's name consistently popped up on draft night, with Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves reportedly expressing interest.
This season, Butler is averaging a career-high 25.2 points per game to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He also ranks sixth among forwards for Eastern Conference All-Star votes.
As for another high-profile guard on the team's roster, Bucher noted that Rajon Rondo is still on the market "of course."
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