AGE: 26 SIZE: 6-foot-7, 220 pounds
LAST YEAR’S STATS: 20.9 points; 5.3 rebounds; 4.8 assists; 1.6 steals
REMAINING CONTRACT: 2 years, $35 million ($17.5 million/year average)
Now why would the Bulls want to get rid of Jimmy Butler? I have no idea. They’ve got a young star in his prime, and yet for whatever reason, rumors are floating about that he’s on the trading block, or at least he could be for the right price.
Do the Nuggets have what it takes to get a seat at the bargaining table? Probably, but it’s going to cost them a pretty penny.
If they were to get Butler in their doors, they’d be getting an elite defensive two guard, who will give you 20 points and five rebounds a night.
Butler is undoubtedly one of the most exciting young stars in the NBA, and he’d immediately make a franchise-defining impact on the Nuggets. Again, though, my only concern would be whether Tim Connelly would have to give up too much to get him.
If I’m the Nuggets, unless the Bulls are looking for a cornerstone big man, I’m not sure I answer the phone.
What would it take?: The 7th pick and …