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.
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
The Cavaliers, per league sources, have been working today on assembling multi-team trade scenarios to try to acquire Chicago's Jimmy Butler— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 19, 2017
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.
Hearing Boston is lurking with #3 and Phoenix is “doing due diligence”, per league sources https://t.co/YTbggeSOI3— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) June 19, 2017
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.