NBA Trade Rumors: Will Los Angeles Lakers Bring In Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler?
With the NBA training sessions around the corner, the trade rumors hinted that the Los Angeles Lakers might bring in the Chicago Bulls' shooting guard Jimmy Butler in order to improve their roster. Reports claimed that in order to seal the deal with the Bulls, the Lakers are expected to give away their point guard Jordan Clarkson, power forward Julius Randle, and future first-round Draft picks.
Sports Rageous reported that the possible Butler trade might happen during the midseason, which implied that it will happen only after December 15, 2016, as Clarkson recently signed a contract extension with the Lakers.
As far as the benefits for the Los Angeles Lakers are concerned, it is stated that Butler will fill the void created by the departure of Kobe Bryant last season. According to the NBA trade rumors, Butler will provide the Lakers with excellent offensive skills and thus help the Lakers to create their dominance in the Western Conference league, reported Forbes. The 27-year-old player has an average of 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in the last season, which is expected to further aid the Lakers in putting up high scores on the board.
To add on to the trade rumors, Fansided reported that even the Chicago Bulls are trying to find the perfect trade-off opportunity to give away Butler before the start of the new season. Reports claimed that the bringing in Clarkson and Randle will prove beneficial for the Bulls as the duo will improve the team's on-court offensive skills and thus help them win a number of matches.
On the contrary, few reports hinted that the Bulls are hesitant to trade Butler as he is one of their star players. But, rumors suggested that if the team is unable to give their best performance in the first half of the season, then they might think of trading their veteran player to the Lakers.
To sum up, the whole trade scenario is touted to be a wait and watch the situation, as none of the teams have officially confirmed the reports. Keep posted here for more updates and NBA trade rumors on Jimmy Butler and the Los Angeles Lakers.