Butler has long been considered one of the league’s stars, having made the All-Star team both of the two seasons prior to this one. But this is the year where he truly took the leap and looks like he may be one of the league’s true superstars.
Yet, Chicago still can’t decide if they want to keep him — according to the Chicago Tribune, Butler is back on the trade market once again as the Bulls are reopening trade talks with the Boston Celtics.
There are rival executives who believe the Bulls and Celtics will rekindle trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler before the Feb. 23 deadline. The teams held serious talks in June, and the Celtics own the same assets — Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, the Nets’ first-round picks in 2017 and 2018 — the teams discussed then.”
The Celtics have gone after Butler time and time again, but no deal has ever materialized. But with Butler having a true superstar season and the team only 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference, perhaps they will finally pull the trigger.
Butler would confidently take over the role as Boston’s best player, despite the fantastic play of Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Not only is Butler averaging career highs in points (24.7) and rebounds (6.6) while adding in 4.7 assists per game and shooting 45 percent, he is also a major two-way threat, the type of lockdown perimeter defender who can also dominate on offense that the Celtics are missing.
If the Bulls were to trade Butler, the Celtics would of course be the best destination. They have an incredible treasure chest of assets, and could give Chicago an excellent package of picks and young prospects.