Amidst the best season of his NBA career, Jimmy Butler is almost single-handedly keeping the Chicago Bulls afloat. Butler’s all around game has saved the Bulls on more than a couple occasions in this current campaign. However, Butler seemingly has found himself in the midst of trade rumors for yet another season. His stellar play thus far has not been able to silent the plethora of Jimmy Butler trade rumors out on the market currently.
Let’s silence something right now: The Chicago Bulls are not shopping Butler. Butler and Dwyane Wade are the two untouchables on the Bulls roster right now. Other players the Bulls highly value are Doug McDermott, Denzel Valentine, and Jerian Grant.
Butler’s value is at an all-time high, thus sparking more and more Jimmy Butler trade rumors to flood the market. Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher even capitalized on said rumors and stated that Gar Forman and John Paxson are shopping the two-time All-Star and defensive guru. However, such reports are untrue as of yet as the Bulls are reportedly interested in keeping Butler around long-term and building a team surrounding the superstar hailing from Marquette University.
For starters, there is no team willing to put together a good enough package to pry Butler from Chicago. His contract is way below market value for an athlete of Butler’s caliber. In his sixth season, Butler is having a career year in points per game (25.2), rebounds per game (6.8), and free throws (9.5 a game on 88% shooting).
Butler is garnering praise from around the league, and rightfully so. He even has beloved veteran teammate (and fellow Marquette alumni) Dwyane Wade marveling at his play.
He has taken that next step where not only is he scoring, averaging 25 points per game. When you need a basket in the fourth, we are putting the ball in his hand, and he's delivering. That's a coach's dream. As teammates, that's comforting because you know the guy is going to make the right play.
Bucher reported that Butler is “available for the right price.” However, there currently isn’t a right price that Chicago would pounce on. Butler’s worth has transcended itself this season, and his character is evolving before our very eyes. While Butler is in his prime and now would be the prime time to trade him, he isn’t leaving Chicago anytime soon.
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