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Report: Bulls prefer trading Derrick Rose to Jimmy Butler

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 27: Derrick Rose #1 and Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls wait for a member of the Milwaukee Bucks to shoot a free throw during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bucks defeated the Bulls 94-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agress that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Some believe the Bulls should trade Jimmy Butler or Derrick Rose.

Butler has come up more often in rumors lately, but don’t necessarily read that as indicative of Chicago’s intent.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

League sources in Italy say the Bulls are actively open to moving guard Derrick Rose and that seems to be the first choice rather than shopping Butler.

This can mean one of two things:

1. The Bulls – having a sense of each player’s value around the league – would prefer exchanging Rose for what he’d net rather than Butler for what he’d net.

2. The Bulls, facing an equal package in return, would prefer to send out Rose rather than Butler.

The first has meaning. The second does not.

Of course No. 2 is true. Butler is better, younger and on a contract more favorable to the team. Rose’s value doesn’t even come closing to touching Butler’s.

No. 1 would be more interesting. Rose would return far less, but perhaps Chicago would still take that.

Unfortunately, the (huge) difference between No. 1 and No. 2 is often tangled as information comes down the pipeline. Someone might describe the second scenario to someone else who interprets it as the first. There isn’t always precision in these leaks.