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NBA Trade Rumors: Jimmy Butler Going To Boston Celtics? Toronto Raptors Trading Jared Sullinger For P.J. Tucker?

By Joseph St. James. , Feb 18, 2017 03:00 AM EST
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A number of NBA trade rumors are suggesting that the Chicago Bulls are deciding on whether to embark on a full rebuild or to strengthen the team around their veterans. In a surprise move, the team acquired Dwayne Wade from the Miami Heat. Fortunately, he hits it off well with Jimmy Butler, who has long been the face of the Bulls for many seasons.

Is Chicago Going On A Full Rebuild?

However, some NBA trade rumors are also saying that it seems the younger lads are rallying around Rajon Rondo. In this scenario, the Bulls' management team retained John Paxson and Gar Forman as vice president and general manager respectively. Analysts say that this means the team will go on a full rebuild.

This Is How Butler's Trade Could Materialize

According to some NBA trade rumors, being the number 7 seed, the Bulls are facing the reality of an urgent team rebuild more than the goal of reaching the playoffs. Rebuilding the Bulls means they need to acquire high draft picks. The Brooklyn Nets may trade their draft pick to the Celtics since many consider them as a team that needs the services of veterans. This may open the way for Chicago to trade Butler to Boston.

Toronto Still Wants To Acquire Another Player

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors seems to be not yet satisfied with their acquisition of Serge Ibaka. Some NBA trade rumors indicate that the team is again wheeling and dealing for another player to help them reach the playoffs. These rumors suggest that the Raptors can trade Jared Sullinger, along with a backup point guard to sweeten the deal.

There are NBA trade rumors that suggest P.J. Tucker as the best choice for the Raptors right now. Tucker is effective in guarding multiple positions and is known for resolute defense. He is averaging 28 minutes per game with 7 points and 6 rebounds, but his three-point shooting is below average. Will his acquisition help the Raptors get to the playoffs?

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