Are the Chicago Bulls willing to trade their star shooting guard, Jimmy Butler? With the 2017 NBA finals on the horizon, most NBA fans are already thinking about the upcoming NBA Draft this June and all of the NBA trade rumors surrounding it.
One of the biggest names in the NBA trade rumor mill is Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler. The former Marquette University star has developed nicely in the NBA, becoming not only one of Chicago’s best players but one of the best players in the Eastern Conference. However, are the Bulls looking to deal the former 2011 first round selection to either the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers so they can draft Kansas’ Josh Jackson?
It can be argued that Jimmy Butler has been the only shining light for the Bulls over the past two seasons. However, as NBA fans know, sports is a business, and if the Bulls believe they can get better and increase their chances at an NBA title by dealing Butler, then they certainly will.
According to the Athletic, this could be a strong possibility. Josh Jackson is projected as the third best prospect on many NBA experts’ mock draft boards out there. However, it’s always a dicey move to trade an established veteran for an inexperienced NBA player who is actually coming out of college after his freshman season.
Jackson played 35 games in his career at Kansas, averaging 16 points and three assists while shooting over 50 percent from the field. While this kid has plenty of upsides, the risk may not outweigh the reward.
A possible deal could see the Sixers get Butler, along with the Chicago Bulls’ first-round pick, while Chicago would get Philadelphia’s No. 3 selection in the upcoming draft, which would land them Jackson along with Jahlil Okafor for the Sixers. That seems like a win-win deal on paper for both teams, but how about a deal that would involve three teams, just to make it a bit more interesting.
Could the preceding Butler deal take place, then Philadelphia immediately trade Butler to the Boston Celtics for the first pick overall so they can select Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz, essentially making it a three-way trade right at the beginning of the 2017 NBA Draft? Nowadays, fans can’t be surprised by blockbuster deals.
Josh Jackson, along with Jahlil Okafor, would bring a whole new look to the Bulls roster and help to start building up a youth movement. Jimmy Butler, 27, would be gone and in return, Chicago would receive 21-year-old Okafor and 20-year-old Josh Jackson. Okafor has averaged 14.8 points per game so far in his two seasons as a professional with the 76ers.
In other NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks may be interested in signing for Detroit Pistons’ star and current ESPN NBA analyst Chauncey Billups as their new general manager. AJC indicates that the Atlanta Hawks will interview the man nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot” for the general manager position on Tuesday, according to an ESPN report.
Billups played for the Raptors, Celtics, Timberwolves, Nuggets, Knicks, Clippers, and Pistons during his 17 years in the NBA, but has no front office experience as of yet.
The Atlanta Hawks reportedly also interviewed Washington Wizards Vice President of Basketball Operations Tommy Sheppard and Golden State Warriors Assistant General Manager Travis Schlenk for the current opening as GM as well.
The 2017 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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