Trade rumors surrounding Jimmy Butler have persisted for several years, with the rumor mill churning out new stories almost hourly this offseason.
While the asking price for Butler may be high, the all-star guard is trying to sell his front office on bringing a top-tier point guard to Chicago.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, Butler’s asking price is high but there are teams willing to work with the Bulls. However, Butler is trying to sell his front office on the idea of signing Kyrie Irving or Kyle Lowry.
According to Cowley:
Butler has befriended both players over the years, at All-Star Games as well as with Team USA, and has actively been selling the idea of joining him in Chicago.
Lowry would be the more realistic get, especially since he opted out with Toronto and will explore the free agent market. The fact that Lowry is also coming off a season in which he shot 41 percent from three-point range doesn’t hurt.
But would the 31-year-old really be willing to possibly leave at least $6 million a year on the table to join a Bulls roster with its own question marks?
As far as Irving, through back channels he has made it known that Chicago would be a place he would be interested to play, especially if the Cavaliers dynasty begins falling apart should LeBron James start shopping elsewhere.
Cowley also notes that the Bulls could address the point guard spot by retaining Rajon Rondo.
With all of the trade speculation surrounding Butler, it’s very possible that he stays in Chicago and tries to build his own ‘super team.’