The Jimmy Butler rumor mill is hotter than it has ever been. There have been more trade talks in the last 48 hours than in the last 48 months. Here is a list of the top trades for Jimmy Butler that would set the Chicago Bulls up for a full rebuild. (Note: If he doesn’t accept his player option, Anthony Davis will be a free agent 2020; the year before Chicago would have to offer qualifying offers to the draft class of 2017)
The Boston Trade
Ainge finally stops low-balling the Bulls and wants to win now. Jimmy Butler is a top 10 two-way player and would thrive around shooters that spread the floor making them instant contenders.
BOS: Jimmy Butler
CHI: 2017 #3 pick, 2018 Nets pick, Jae Crowder, Tyler Zeller
CHI: 2017 #3 pick, Jaylen Brown, LAL/SAC pick, Jae Crowder, Tyler Zeller
You know Thibs wants Jimmy to anchor his poor defensive squad, and he will do anything to get it done.
MIN: Jimmy Butler, 2017 #16 pick
CHI: Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, 2017 #7 pick
New York, New York!
Phil Jackson does us a solid by helping the Bulls fleece the Knicks for the 22nd time in the last two decades
CHI: Kristaps Porzingis, 2017 #8 pick
NYK: Jimmy Butler, 2017 #16 pick
The Blockbuster Trade
Let’s all create super teams! Who gives a crap about the regular season? Let’s watch how the NBA reacts when 25 teams try to tank all at once.
PHX: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, 2017 #16 pic, MEM 1st rounder from BOS
BOS: Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe
CLE: Jimmy Butler
CHI: 2017 #3 & #4 pick, Marquese Chriss or Dragan Bender, LAL/SAC pick
Plus salary fodder all around to make it work. Suns unload a bad contract like Tyson Chandler or Brandon Knight to improve their trade.