Jimmy Butler is the hot name on the NBA’s trade rumor mill right now and has even surpassed Paul George for that title. In the latest batch of rumors, the Cleveland Cavaliers are exploring several multi-team deals that would help them acquire the Chicago Bulls’ All-Star.
It’s obvious why Butler is so attractive to the Cavs. He’s a true two-way player, a three-time member of the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team and a three-time All-Star. At 27 he’s still in the middle of his prime and is capable of guarding multiple positions on the defensive end. The Marquette product was also third in the NBA in win-shares in 2016-17.
The assumption is that any deal for Butler would include Cleveland shipping Kevin Love away. While that would be a loss, Butler, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would form one of the best perimeter trios in league history. That is a group certainly capable of taking on the Golden State Warriors, as long as they could find solid pieces at other spots.