— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 20, 2017
That team is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was reported last night that Cleveland was working on a three-team deal that would bring Butler to the Cavaliers but talks stalled when owner Dan Gilbert surprisingly fired General Manager David Griffin.
According to @Suntimes, Jimmy Butler will push Chicago to trade him to the Cavaliers.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 20, 2017
The following is from Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
“One of the sources indicated that Butler would even push his front office to get the deal done, which is a huge change of direction for Butler, who has told both general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson numerous times over the last year that he didn’t want to be traded.
But that was before the Eastern Conference powerhouse Cavaliers became a possible destination.”
The Cavaliers have been involved in several rumors over the past week or so, mostly centered around Indiana Pacers forward Paul George – who recently told the team he would not re-sign next summer – and Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. With Cleveland trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” in their Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors it was obvious Love was a constant match-up problem, but a wing player like Butler or George could make the Cavaliers more of a threat.
This past season in what was another all-star performance for Butler he averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assist per-game in an incredible all-around performance. His defense and versatility a multiple positions makes him even more valuable.
With Lebron James and Kyrie Irving reaching out to Butler personally to gauge his interest in joining the team it seems Cleveland has set their targets on Butler. Apparently, Butler has set his targets on them as well.