(CBS) The trade rumors regarding Bulls wing Jimmy Butler really heated up late Monday afternoon, with him tied to three difference teams. And none of them were the Celtics.
The Bulls and Timberwolves have had preliminary trade discussions regarding Chicago wing Jimmy Butler, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon. The Suns — who hold the No. 4 overall pick in the draft Thursday — are another team to keep an eye on, the Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported. And in more of a shocker, the Cavaliers are working on multi-team trade proposals to acquire Butler, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported.
Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and Butler have long held great respect for each other, with Thibodeau coaching Butler during his first four seasons in Chicago. Many league observers also believe that the competitive Thibodeau wants to accelerate the rebuilding process, and the 27-year-old Butler would fit that bill. A three-time All-Star, Butler is coming off a season in which he posted career-best marks of 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent.
After a loss in the NBA Finals to the Warriors, the Cavaliers are looking to add another star. They also have interest in Pacers forward Paul George, according to reports.
Butler has often found himself at the center of trade speculation regarding the Celtics, who on Monday finalized a deal in which they sent the No. 1 pick to the 76ers for the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-rounder. It remains unclear whether Boston intends to re-engage in trade talks surrounding Butler, as it did last year extensively on draft night and to a lesser extent this past February ahead of the trade deadline.
Butler was in England earlier Monday for vacation, as the official Twitter account of Chelsea FC tweeted a photo of him getting a tour of its soccer stadium.