That’s because according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSSNE.com, the Bulls are telling teams that they plan on keeping their All-Star small forward for the time being.
A league source tells CSNNE.com that the Bulls, while still open to listening to offers for Butler, are telling teams that are inquiring about his availability that their plan for now is to keep him in the fold.
And while there was some thought that a top-3 pick coupled with a few decent players might be enough to entice the Bulls to pull the trigger on a deal to trade Butler, CSNNE.com has been told such an offer would have to include at least one “legitimate, NBA starter” for the Bulls to even possibly consider trading him.
“And that might be a stretch,” the source indicated.
This is great news for a Bulls team that looks to be in shambles after the 2015-16 NBA season. With the team’s best two-way player on board, the Bulls now have to figure out which pieces to add during a critical offseason, which features several blockbuster free agents.