The trade market for Jimmy Butler is heating up

Jimmy Butler, a 27-year-old three-time All-Star, is under contract for two more seasons with the Chicago Bulls and has a player option for 2019–20. Butler is coming off a season in which he posted career-best marks of 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent. Jimmy is drawing interest from the Cavaliers, Suns and Timberwolves, according to multiple reports. On ESPN First Take, Stephen A. Smith reported that the Chicago Bulls had approached the Sixers offering Jimmy Butler for the No. 3 pick in this week’s draft. Stephen A. Smith then added that the “Celtics are planning on acquiring” Butler with the third pick if the Bulls are willing to make a deal similar to the one offered to the Sixers.

A couple of hours later Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that although the Bulls’ asking price for Butler “remains elevated,” the Minnesota Timberwolves have already had discussions with Chicago about a possible trade that would include Butler. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, The Phoenix Suns are also interested in Jimmy.

But wait there is more. The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly working on “assembling multi-team trade scenarios” that would allow them to acquire Butler, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

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