Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times revealed Tuesday that Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is reputed to be supportive of a possible exchange to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sources disclosed to Cowley that Butler has addressed LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and that signs are Butler may drive the Bulls front office to send him to the safeguarding Eastern Conference champs.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein initially announced Monday that Cleveland was endeavoring to assemble an arrangement to pry Butler far from Chicago.
Per Stein, the Cavs are set up to offer forward Kevin Love as a feature of the arrangement yet need to get a third team involved to sweeten the pot.
The 27-year-old Butler has been named an All-Star in each of the past three seasons, and he is coming off his best NBA campaign to date, as he averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 2016-17.
Butler also has two years remaining on his contract with a player option for 2019-20, according to Spotrac.
The Cavaliers aren’t the main group with announced enthusiasm for Butler, as Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago specified the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, while Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical detailed that the Minnesota Timberwolves had reached the Bulls.
Cleveland has come to the NBA Finals in each of the previous three seasons, yet it is 1-2 against the Golden State Warriors and was vanquished in five games this year.
With Love performing inconsistently during the Finals, a swap for Butler is a move that may go a long way toward closing the gap between the Cavs and Dubs.