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It’s starting to like the Chicago Bulls may not make the NBA Playoffs for the first time in along time and because of that it is expected the the team will make some big moves this offseason. Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Bulls are open to shopping Jimmy Butler this summer and the frontrunners to land the All-Star guard.
This news came as a bit of a surprise because many people feel that Butler is actually the cornerstone of the franchise after all that Derrick Rose has gone through with the injuries. Via Hoops Rumors:
The Bulls appear to be considering the idea of a Jimmy Butler trade this summer, according to “rumblings” that Chris Mannix of The Vertical has heard (video link; scroll to 6:40 mark). Mannix, who says there’s “legitimate interest in Chicago in potentially dealing Jimmy Butler this offseason,” doesn’t make it entirely clear just how willing the Bulls would be to trade the swingman who signed a five-year, $92.34MM deal last summer, but it nonetheless looks like it’s not out of the question.
Several executives who spoke with Mannix identified the Magic as a team to watch regarding Butler, as Mannix wrote earlier this week, when he confirmed earlier reporting that the Celtics, among others, reached out to gauge Chicago’s interest in a deal at the deadline. The Bulls turned those teams away, but execs told Mannix that they’re going to try again.