That’s a stark contrast to frequent reports throughout the season, which stated Butler had ensured the Bulls’ front office he wanted to stay in the Windy City.
Butler, a Team USA teammate of Irving this past summer at the Olympic Games in Rio, would be more than a welcomed addition to a Cavs roster that struggled on the defensive end and always looked a pass behind against the Warriors in the finals. A three-time All-Defensive Team choice, Butler is widely considered the second-best two-way player in the league, trailing only the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard.
Butler has also gotten the job done offensively, increasing his scoring output in each of his six NBA seasons. The 27-year-old Texan averaged a 23.9 points to go along with 5.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds, all career-high figures. He’d certainly take some of the defensive burden off James, who’ll turn 33 in December and led the league in minutes at 37.8 per game in 2016-17.
Chicago, which went 41-41 and reached the playoffs for the first time under second-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, would be left in shambles if its best player is dealt away. Veteran Dwyane Wade, despite reportedly intending to pick up a $24-million option, would likely bolt for greener pastures in the twilight of his career should Butler leave, immediately forcing the Bulls into a rebuild.
His plus/minus of plus-22 was by far the top mark for the game and a stark contrast Cheap Hockey Jerseys to starting power forward Amir Johnson, who finished Game 3 as a minus-15.
Jerebko slammed Kevin Love, then stood over the $113 million man to let him know exactly what he thought about him flopping to coax the refs into calling a foul. Jerebko also let Deron Williams and Kyle Korver know he was about whatever.