The Chicago Bulls have at least two teams interested in trading for guard Jimmy Butler.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford and Marc Stein, the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in Butler and would be willing to include the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in a trade. The Timberwolves are looking to reunite Butler with head coach Tom Thibodeau who the team hired in April.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are prepared to part with the No. 5 overall pick in this month’s draft, as the centerpiece of a trade package, if they can use it to construct a deal for Chicago Bulls star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, in these early days of the Tom Thibodeau Era, have made it known to the Bulls that they are strongly interested in dealing for Butler should Chicago elect to make him available.
If the Timberwolves were to acquire Butler, it would give them two young dynamic players on the wing as they already have the 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves have a young core and are likely one or two more pieces away from returning to the playoffs and being competitors in the Western Conference.
But the Timberwolves aren’t the only team interested.
The report also states that the Boston Celtics would offer the number three overall pick in a package to acquire Butler. If that’s the case, that package would likely be more appealing to the Bulls than what the Timberwolves could offer.
The Bulls know they could get Celtics #3 pick for Jimmy, only way they trade w Wolves is if Wiggins or KAT is included. PS KATs not avail
— Kevin Anderson (@Kevin_NBCS) June 14, 2016
However, the Bulls likely don’t want to trade Butler to an Eastern Conference team. They also might not even be willing to part ways with the 26-year-old who signed a long-term deal in the offseason.
If they do decide that Butler needs to be moved, they will certainly have some interesting offers.