Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler may or may not be on the trading block, and the Boston Celtics are sure to be looking into it.
Chicago’s superstar might be on the move, and I have no doubt the Boston Celtics are inquiring. There’s speculation that Chicago wants to completely start a rebuild, and just start with a clean slate.
Even though they started the season in an impressive fashion, the Bulls have evened out. Reportedly point guard Rajon Rondo is also on the market, which comes as no surprise given his displeasure at being benched.
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So who’s armed and ready to offer the Bulls a deal?
He’s not the best drafter, but after bringing together Garnett-Pierce-Allen, swindling the Phoenix Suns for All-Star Isaiah Thomas, and gutting the Brooklyn Nets, there’s a reason to have hope.
So what does Butler bring?
He’s a total stud. Marquette guy (teammates with Jae Crowder in college), All-Star, Team USA Gold Medalist. Oh yeah, and he just dropped 52 the other night.
The Celtics would probably have to give up a lot, but Butler is a young star that would really elevate this squad. I can’t see a scenario where the Bulls wouldn’t want rookie Jaylen Brown in return, along with Avery Bradley, the Nets pick, and a bunch of other assets.
The key to a trade like this for the C’s is to make sure they don’t gut their own roster trying to trade for a guy like Butler. Ainge knows this, and he’s not going to give up more than what he thinks is right.
Jimmy Butler has averages of 25 points, five assists, and seven rebounds per game this season. Put that alongside Isaiah Thomas, and now we’re talking. Also, a trade for a solid rebounding big would instantly elevate the Celtics to become serious challengers in the east. I don’t think there’s a Celtics fan who’d say “no I don’t want Butler, don’t trade for him. Keep the roster exactly like this.”
At the very least it’s a scenario worth picking up the phone for if you’re Danny Ainge.