I’m not the first person in the universe that’s willing to admit Chicago Bulls stars Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler aren’t exactly the best pairing in terms of team chemistry. And judging by what the Bulls did this past season, things could get much worse under head coach Fred Hoiberg if the two stay together.
So the Bulls are actively looking to trade one of those players this offseason and already calls are coming in.
The latest report is from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are looking to acquire Butler with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft along with an established player and a few throw-ins to sweeten the deal.
The Boston Celtics are another team that could snag Butler if the deal is right. They have the No. 3 pick, a deep roster and more draft assets than any team in the league. But getting rid of their newest superstar might not be the best choice for the Bulls.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Chicago would much rather trade former MVP Derrick Rose, who's become a liability over the last five seasons because of health issues.
League sources in Italy say the Bulls are actively open to moving guard Derrick Rose and that seems to be the first choice rather than shopping Butler.
Rose is entering the final year of his deal and has commented numerous times on the ballooning salary cap and his next contract, much to the dismay of the Bulls front office and a large number of Bulls fans. Add that to an on-again, off-again intensity and there is a sense that both sides would welcome a change, especially with Rose entering a free agent year.
As Kyler mentioned, with the salary cap set to go up massively in each of the next two seasons, it’s important for Rose to have the best season possible to ensure he gets a large contract before 2017-18, wherever he may end up.
A team could trade for D-Rose as a one-year rental, absorb his $21.3 million salary in 2016 (which most teams can afford with the salary cap rising) and add him to a system where he’s a better fit. Then Rose could thrive (assuming he stays healthy) and earn a long-term deal as a free agent next summer.
Sounds easy, right? Well good luck dealing with Bulls management, other 29 teams, because they have no idea what the hell they’re doing.