Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has continued to have his name come up in trade talks, as both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as potential destinations for him heading into the 2017-18 season.
The Cavaliers are reportedly bringing in a third team to help massage the deal into completion, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Cleveland has been working through Monday in an effort to secure Butler’s services, as multiple teams around the league have made him a person of interest, especially heading into the NBA draft on Thursday night.
But the Bulls are still reportedly asking for a hefty price in order to part ways with their franchise player. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Timberwolves have once again opened the door on moving some of their young assets in order to reunite Butler with former head coach Tom Thibodeau, this time in Minnesota.
Butler is coming off a season in 2016-17 when he posted new career highs in scoring (23.9), rebounds (6.2), and assists (5.5) per game averages, helping to lead the Bulls to the postseason. The team was eliminated in the opening round by the Boston Celtics, despite getting out to a 2-0 series lead on the top seed in the conference.
He was named an All-Star this past year for the third consecutive season and debuted on the All-NBA lists this year, making the Third team. He has been a member of the Chicago franchise since it selected him 30th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Marquette, seeing his scoring average increase each year.