Chicago Bulls: Potential trades in light of Jimmy Butler report

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Things just keep getting more and more interesting in the last few days, even though the Chicago Bulls have yet to make a move.

The 2018 NBA Free Agency period has been nothing short of sheer entertainment so far — and we’re only two and a half days in. Already, we’ve seen the Western Conference get even more interesting, while the Chicago Bulls are looking at a wide open Eastern Conference.

LeBron James agreed with the Los Angeles Lakers, as most of you know. Just a day later, Demarcus Cousins announced he would be signing with the Golden State Warriors.

Today, the Western Conference saw another bomb dropped — no, not another enormous signing. This time, it was a report out of Minnesota regarding teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler. Apparently, Butler is unhappy.

Next summer, Butler will have the opportunity to opt-out of his current contract and become a free agent. Just hours ago, it was reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to offer Butler a 4-year extension, worth up to $110 million. Now? Things are looking bleak.

How does this impact the Bulls, you might ask? Well, the Bulls have done business with the Wolves as recently as last year — ironically involving Butler — and maybe it’s time John Paxson and Gar Forman reach out once again.

Purely having some fun here, I put together some potential deals involving the Bulls and Wolves now that it appears the brief stint in Minnesota could be coming to an end for Butler.