Butt all is not well in Chicago, with the team struggling to grab a playoff spot despite the incredible weakness at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
The front office has struggled to decide on a direction, flip-flopping between building around Butler long-term or flipping him for assets while he is still under contract.
Now, this report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer suggests Butler’s time in Chicago is coming to an end:
Paul George and Jimmy Butler were involved in trade rumors at the deadline, and all indications are that those conversations will resume this offseason. One front-office source told me recently that Butler is “as good as gone,” while George sounds like a player who wants out.”
The All-Star forward is still under contract until 2019, when he will have a player option for the following season. He’s one of the league’s best two-way players, but if the Bulls can’t work out a deal with the Boston Celtics, it’s unclear what team would be willing to go all in for him.
Butler has had the best season of his career this year, averaging career-highs of 23.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.