As the Bulls attempt to move on after one of the craziest weeks in franchise history, the future of the team is still murky.

The biggest question that still needs to be answered is what the Bulls intend to do with Jimmy Butler.

A report from K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bulls and Boston Celtics may revisit their trade talks with Butler as the central figure.

The two teams spoke over the summer and could pick up where they left off before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, Johnson writes.

The Celtics own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round picks in both 2017 and 2018 plus players like Jae Crowder, Butler's former college teammate at Marquette.

Butler still has two years left under team control after the 2016-17 season and a player option of $19.8 million for the 2019-20 season.

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The Celtics woke up Tuesday morning second in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the sinking Cleveland Cavaliers and one game up on the Toronto Raptors.

The Bulls, meanwhile, sit at the No. 7 seed with a 24-25 record, only a half-game above the eight-seed Charlotte Hornets. The Milwaukee Bucks are just two games behind the Bulls and forcing Fred Hoiberg and Co. out of the playoffs altogether.


The Bulls are about to embark on a big test — a six-game road trip beginning Wednesday night against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Bulls and Celtics play Feb. 16 in the final game before the NBA trade deadline.