There’s no telling what the Chicago Bulls are going to do this summer. Between free agency, a lack of cap room compared to others and a coaching transition period that’s taking longer than expected, shaking the organization up is expected. Could a shakeup include trading Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler?
When Fred Hoiberg was hired as the new head coach of the Chicago Bulls last June, the expectations remained the same as if Tom Thibodeau had never left.
The goal was to finally slay the dragon — Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James — and advanced out of the Eastern Conference and into the NBA Finals for the first time since 1998.
The results were basically the complete opposite. The Bulls lost 40 games, a chunk of the roster missed a significant amount of games and the Bulls regressed in a large way in 2015-16.
Oddly enough, James was a minor character in a bigger story (or rumor for that matter). After Cleveland dispatched the Bulls in six games last postseason, a rumor swirled about tension between the backcourt duo of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler not getting along on the floor.
The rumored tension carried on throughout questions in media sessions and quite frankly, through their play on the floor as well.
As Chicago Tribune columnist K.C. Johnson noted in a recent column about the Bulls potentially moving either Rose or Butler, he noted that the Bulls were 3.5 points worse per 100 possessions when both were on the floor together.
There’s a dynamic that just isn’t there with the two stars and despite the reports that Butler wants Rose to work out with him throughout the summer in Los Angeles where they’re both located during summer, there’s doubt that this duo isn’t a functioning duo.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the possibilities of trading either Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler away from Chicago.