What’s Chicago’s Best Jimmy Butler Trade?
With all of the news circling around Paul George, Jimmy Butler’s name got thrown into the mix in the middle of yesterday. The Marquette guard-forward found his name brought up in rumors about heading to Cleveland and Minnesota along with silent murmurs about Boston. Butler has been a popular name through the last four to six months of a player on the move, but the incompetent Chicago front office makes you think it will never happen. Let’s see what might be the best option for Bulls.
Kyrie Irving comes to Chicago
Bulls end up with Kyrie Irving on Chicago to lead a rebuild and the squad in the future. As people say, Bulls are not a rebuild organization so a guy like Kyrie fits the mold of a player they can sell the fans while slowly making this team younger. They would likely jettison Dwyane Wade, and maybe, look at a Blake Griffin to pair up with Irving to take on Cleveland who would have Jimmy Butler and LeBron James plus don’t be surprised if Eric Bledsoe is involved as well. Bulls could net Suns second round pick which could have great value as well.
Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson leads Chicago to the future
While Chicago saw their neighbors to the north #OwnTheFuture, it might be their time (We’ll talk about Bucks later today, but how fucked up is it that NBA Central is a goddamn mess minus Detroit who always seems to be?). They get Boston’s third overall pick along with others from Danny Ainge to start building their roster for the future. Once again, Wade is sent packing, and they might put out some feelers for Rondo. This would be the most un-Bulls like thing to do and embrace the tank lifestyle like Los Angeles Lakers did a few years back.
Thibs reunion for Jimmy with Wiggins on the move again
To me, this is the worst move for Chicago. Not because Andrew Wiggins is the worst talent out of the three, but if Thibs and Butler end up making an NBA Finals with Karl-Anthony Towns, it will be a stain on the franchise for years to come. There’s no way Chicago should find ways to let Tom Thibodeau succeed unless it’s an absolute haul that you have to take like Ricky Rubio and Wiggins for Butler. Rubio would fit Hoiberg’s style, and Rondo/Wade would once again be gone. If the 7th pick gets thrown into this, it’s tough to say no even with the whole Thibs drama.
Butler needs to move, but the question is where? Super team with LeBron doesn’t sound all that great. Boston is probably his best spot while Minnesota is the most intriguing. We’ll see where JFB ends up by weeks’ end.