The Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls are both looking to become contenders in their respective conferences next season. The Bulls made major moves, while the Clippers struck minor deals. And as it appears, both teams are not done wheeling and dealing this summer.
One of the new NBA trade scenarios that are making waves online involves the Bulls and the Clippers. According to Tom West of Clipper Holics, Chicago and Los Angeles should consider striking a deal centered on All-Stars Blake Griffin and Jimmy Butler, who has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors this summer.
The Bulls have denied they are trying to trade Butler but multiple reports said otherwise. In fact, ESPN reported that the Bulls just decided to pull the superstar guard from trading block. With tension brewing between Butler and Bulls, they could eventually opt to part ways.
Sending Butler to the Clippers for Griffin could work wonders for the Bulls. First, they will get rid of a player who could be frustrated of his team’s desire to trade him. Second, the trade will improve their frontcourt, which was badly depleted following Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol’s decision to move elsewhere.
“Trading Butler to the Clippers for Blake Griffin could make absolute sense for Chicago,” West noted. “Not that it could overwrite their lack of shooting and lack of defense backcourt, but it can rebuild their weakened frontcourt and give them an offensive focal point.”
On the other hand, moving Griffin will also be a wise move for the Clippers. First, Griffin is set to become a free agent next summer and there is a chance he could move to another team, especially if they fail to go deep into the playoffs again this season. One possible move is returning to his hometown and play for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
By trading Griffin this summer, the Clippers will get a high-value asset in Butler instead of losing the 27-year-old superstar for nothing next offseason. Butler will also improve their wing rotation and will give them a good defender, who can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference.
Griffin averaged 21.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in 35 games, while Butler posted career-high 20.9 points on top of 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season.
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