During the lead up to the trade deadline, Jimmy Butler and Paul George were discussed by teams. Both the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers are in limbo between true contender status and rebuilding.
According to one front office source that spoke with The Ringer, Butler is “as good as gone.”
Butler has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2019, while George can opt for free agency in 2018.
There were a number of teams interested in both players at the deadline with the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets perhaps in the best place to make a blockbuster offer for either Butler or George without completely gutting their team.
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Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap