Jimmy Butler, the all-star wing, has been taken off the trade market by the Chicago Bulls, per a source close to the organization.
Jimmy Butler pulled from trade talks
The Bulls had reportedly engaged in several trade talks with Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves regarding a blockbuster trading involving Butler. However, neither team could present an offer which propelled Chicago to part with the defensive ace.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported Tuesday that Chicago is no longer accepting trade offers for the wing. “Butler is off the market for now, per league sources, and it’s tempting to read Chicago’s all-in splash as an effort to maintain a winner around him,” Lowe wrote.
Chicago’s roster has undergone a major shift since last season. After losing Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol to free agency, they traded longtime franchise player Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks for Robin Lopez. Following that, they traded Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland Cavaliers and signed veterans Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo, giving coach Fred Hoiberg a brand new squad to work with next season.
Chicago is Jimmy’s team…
Last week, point guard Rondo said that Chicago would remain “Jimmy’s team” even though the team has three alpha males in their ranks. “Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here (in Chicago). It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order,” Rondo said on Thursday as Chicago officially introduced the former all-star.
Rondo, who had a tumultuous last few seasons with Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings, is confident that Bulls can reach great heights under the leadership of Butler, Wade and himself. “The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team. Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team.”
In 2015, Jimmy Butler signed a five-year $95 million deal to remain with the Bulls for five seasons. He has a player option on his contract for 2019.