Jimmy Butler remains Boston Celtics’ No. 1 trade target this offseason after failing to acquire the Chicago Bulls all-star prior to the previous trade deadline.
While Bulls haven’t indicated that they are willing to trade Butler, front office executives John Paxson and Gar Forman didn’t rule out the possibility during the team’s exit press conference last month. “We’ve got to explore all options and I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table when you have a disappointing year like this,” Forman said when asked about a potential Butler trade.
If Chicago do shop Butler, expect Celtics to pull all the stops. According to the Boston Herald, Boston offered two 2016 first round picks (which fell to No. 3 and No. 16 in the draft lottery) and a few reserve players to Chicago prior to February’s trade deadline. Bulls weren’t sold.
For Jimmy Butler, Bulls want Kris Dunn + a starter
Earlier this month, veteran Bulls reporter KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune revealed that Chicago are eying Providence product Kris Dunn as their point guard of the future, seeing as Derrick Rose would be an unrestricted free agent next season. “This year’s draft isn’t as deep at point guard. If the Bulls don’t trade up, one player sources say intrigues them — Providence combo guard Kris Dunn — certainly would be gone at No. 14,” revealed Johnson.
Dunn is projected to be drafted between 3 and 6. Celtics can draft him with the No. 3 pick and entice Bulls to re-open Jimmy Butler talks. According to Matt Burke of Metro News, Bulls could be sold with a package that includes the No. 3 pick, No. 16 pick and either Jae Crowder or Avery Bradley.
“Chicago was likely hesitant to make a move (before the deadline) because of the fact that the lottery had obviously not taken place yet and there was the distinct possibility that the Celtics could have slid back in the lottery. Now that the draft order has been confirmed and it’s clear that the Bulls could get their point guard of the future, the situation becomes more real,” revealed Burke.
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