In what seems to be a bi-monthly occurrence, Bulls superstar guard Jimmy Butler is reportedly once again on the trading block. According to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, the Bulls have quietly begun gauging the interest of Butler.
Reportedly, the Bulls are reluctant to trade Butler, who recently signed a five-year, $95 million extension after Chicago signed both Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade. In the beginning of the season, the trio of guards looked to be one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Since then, the Bulls have fallen to 18-18, which is good enough for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and Rajon Rondo has fallen out of favor with the team.
As the world looks to be collapsing in Chicago, could the Boston Celtics pounce and finally snatch up Jimmy Butler?
The Celtics have been linked to Butler for the better part of a year. We heard rumors of the Celtics' interest in the shooting guard at the Trade Deadline, and then there was a near deal for Butler again on Draft Night. Reportedly, the Bulls asking price from the Celtics for Butler was the third overall pick, the 16th overall pick, Jae Crowder, and another legitimate player.
While the price is steep, there is a chance the Celtics could land the #1 overall draft pick in this year's draft if the Nets continue to be a truly putrid team. The Celtics need to do some serious soul-searching and decide if they believe Jimmy Butler can be the best player on a championship-level team.
For me, I would pass on this deal unless the Celtics were able to retain that draft pick. While Jimmy Butler is an elite shooting guard and would fit nicely on this squad, I do not believe he has what it takes to lead a team to the NBA Finals. He isn't the best shooter and appears to me to be more of a slasher.
Furthermore, shooting guard and/or small forward are not an area of need for the Celtics. While Jae Crowder has fallen out of favor with fans after his recent comments, he is still a solid player and offers elite defense. Butler would be an upgrade over Crowder, but I am not sure he gives you enough to turn into a championship contender. Likewise, Avery Bradley is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and has really turned it on offensively this year.
Instead of trading the draft pick this year, if the Celtics could trade Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and perhaps a lower-level draft pick, I take that deal in a heartbeat.