Are the Bulls trade talks involving Jimmy Butler back on again? Perhaps

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Jimmy Butler against the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Getty Images

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported the Phoenix Suns could be the third team in a multi-club trade involving the Cavs.

The Boston Celtics' rumors indicate that the team may try to lure the Chicago Bulls into a trade as well, by offering a combination of first-round picks over the next three drafts, along with some other players or assets.

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Meanwhile, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers are in the works to bring Butler to Cleveland. "No veteran's going to come in here - outside of LeBron James and Kevin Durant - and really turn this thing around for us, therefore we want to continue with our youth movement".

Yeah, we were ready for all the craziness of the National Basketball Association offseason, but not many people expected to be swimming through some Cavaliers-Jimmy Butler talk.

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While he may have an uneasy relationship with management and would prefer to be moved, the Bulls won't make a trade unless they get a big haul for him. If Butler were to remain in Chicago, the Celtics are expected to draft either Kansas wing Josh Jackson or Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

"We were down on Jimmy Butler after that series, no doubt about it", said Zolak. "Every time the Celtics get more assets - because the teams have talked, once substantively, that was last June, and then once less so in February - that (storyline starts up that) they're coming for him".

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"The Boston Celtics are planning on acquiring Jimmy Butler", Smith added.

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