Dwyane Wade opts in for 2nd year with Bulls

Interestingly enough, that came prior to reports surfacing suggesting Cavaliers players themselves have told Butler to stay away from the situation (more on that here). Such a fate does not appear to be likely in Chicago anytime too soon, but how long the door stays open in Cleveland remains a mystery.

Therefore, a team looking to pick up George for a one-year rental is the obvious trade partner.

The week started with Cleveland moving on from general manager David Griffin.

The gamble is enormous for Ainge, who has run the risk that Fultz will blossom into an NBA All-Star for a division rival. Now, Wade will be back no matter what, whether the Bulls are trying to contend for a playoff spot or choose to move Butler and rebuild.

Smith said that the Bulls offered Butler to the 76ers in an attempt to acquire the third overall pick in the draft, but that Philadelphia wasn't interested.

A fresh round of Jimmy Butler rumors broke out yesterday - chief among them that the Cavaliers were going after the Bulls forward and longtime Celtics trade target.

Or with the present landscape involving Paul George and Jimmy Butler, does he attempt to package the pick with some other promising pieces on the Heat roster in an attempt to procure a deal with their respective teams?

But even if Butler is the better player, he probably isn't almost as good of a fit for the Cavs.

It might be nice for fans to hear Butler does not want to abandon ship, but as the squad stands now, he is hurting both himself and Chicago. The Cavs have neither.

The Chicago Bulls do not go on the clock until number 16, meaning that, unless they do make a Butler trade, they will not be getting one of the premier prospects in this draft class. The 32-year-old can opt out of his contract next summer.

At the moment, Butler has two more years left on his contract with the Bulls.

Reader Chip Minnich on email: Trade Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, the rights to Cedi Osman, and a 2017 second-round draft pick (which the Cavs buy before June 22, 2017) to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and Michael Carter Williams, which works within the salary cap.

Since the day Rose was traded to the New York Knicks, one thing has been clear: the team belongs to Butler now, even alongside the likes of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. In addition, Butler said he would like to play with his favorite player, Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving, if he could choose one National Basketball Association player to share the court with and with a shooter like Kyle Korver.

"They did a little bit of moving around with their pick", Jackson said.

  • Julie Sanders