Report: Jimmy Butler wants to stay with Bulls, unlikely to commit to Cavs long-term if traded
Jimmy Butler may have put a stop to the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ efforts to trade for him, informing the Eastern Conference powerhouse that he has no intentions to be anywhere other than with his Chicago Bulls and won’t commit long-term if he is traded, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Cavs have now run into two walls, getting turned down by soon-to-be free agent Paul George with his desire to be in purple-and-gold and now by Butler who is staying committed to the team that drafted him, following Dwyane Wade‘s choice of opting in for the last season of his two-year deal.
Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin aggressively pursued trades for both Butler and George, seeking to acquire an elite two-way player during his last few days on the job.
In order to make a trade for either George or Butler, the Cavs would be force to involve another team in the process, as well as getting rid of All-Star forward Kevin Love to land either of the two-way stars.
Butler would become a free agent in the summer of 2019, but seems content giving it another go with his running mate Wade and carving his own way to the Eastern Conference crown.
A trade for either of these two star players would prove risky to Cleveland as both of them would be unwilling to commit moving forward, risking potentially years of success if they choose to walk away.