The NBA world was rocked on Sunday night when controversial Sacramento Kings superstar DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Kings All-Star was the biggest shoe everyone was waiting to drop before the trade deadline on Thursday. Now, attention moves to the next biggest name people are expecting to see traded: Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler.
But according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, you shouldn’t hold your breath for a Butler deal as the Bulls are not currently looking to trade the three-time All-Star.
Takes 1 blockbuster offer to change, but Bulls are rebuffing Butler inquiries/have told teams they have no plans to trade him, per source.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 21, 2017
With their star forward under contract through the 2018-19 season, followed by a player option for 2019-20, Chicago doesn’t have any reason to rush. They still have plenty of time to turn things round and build a contender around Butler, or pivot and get a great deal of assets for him in a trade.
Johnson also notes that if the Boston Celtics are willing to negotiate a deal involving the 2017 Brooklyn Nets first-round pick that they received in the blockbuster trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Bulls would have no choice but to engage.