Report: Bulls’ Jimmy Butler off trade market
Will the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler?
Asked about trading his most valuable player, Chicago general manager Gar Forman for whatever reason -- potentially speaking honestly about his willingness to deal anyone no matter how unrealistic it would be to find suitable return or sending Butler a message -- said, “We’ve got to explore all options.”
That opened a firestorm of speculation.
But, as the signals pointed all along...
Butler is one of the NBA’s best wings, 26 and locked into a contract for three more years that was signed before the new national TV contracts kicked in. If the Bulls trade him, it’ll be for a haul.
In the meantime, they’ll lean on him -- accompanied by Dwyane Wade, Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo -- to lead Chicago back into playoffs. How that mission goes could determine whether Chicago engages in serious Butler trade talk.