Feb 19, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talks to forward Jimmy Butler (21) as forward Carlos Boozer (5) and center Taj Gibson (22) look on against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Bulls beat the Raptors 94-92. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls should hang on to Jimmy Butler & Taj Gibson

The Chicago Bulls are in the market to acquire a superstar and expected to heavily pursue both New York Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony and Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.

Of course with the giant contract of Derrick Rose and the hefty deal Joakim Noah has, that could mean losing a few good pieces to have enough cap space to afford a player like Anthony or Love.

Sam Smith of Bulls.com believes the Bulls should do what they can to hang on to Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.

That’s the problem with not having a deep roster. It’s also the Carmelo issue the Knicks had. Yes, it’s great to get a star, but it’s a team game. The Knicks gave up so much for Anthony that they weren’t able to compete for a title, and then if anything went wrong there was no longer any margin for error. Every team wants to add talent, and so do the Bulls. Maybe you can win with three stars and role players. But Miami had the best player in the league. LeBron makes up for a lot. Love isn’t that kind of player, and we don’t know if Derrick Rose will be that again. He says he will and we all hope he will. The Bulls would miss Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler if they were not with the team, especially because both Love and Anthony are regarded as weak and indifferent defenders.

Butler averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season while Gibson put up 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists per game.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler Kevin Love NBA Rumors Taj Gibson

  • Leroy Boyd

    What makes anyone think the Bulls are trading Gibson and Butler unless it’s for Bron

    • Andre Powell

      To get quality, you have to give up something. These are the players other teams want in return, Gibson/Butler…

      • Leroy Boyd

        Who are you talking about trading Gibson/Butler for? If its not Bron it won’t be anyone. There is no way the Bulls will trade 2 starters for anyone less than Bron. Sure they need Melo but you actually think the Bulls would give up those 2 and get Melo and still have 2 holes to fill.

        • Andre Powell

          Mr. Boyd, I work for a sports managment firm. Those two for Melo plus a no. one this year would not be enough for the Knicks even if the saleries match. Yes they are starters but would they be starters on every team in the NBA like Melo would? No. Are they all stars like Melo? No. NY would laugh at this deal so would Miami. These are great players in Chicago’s system but dont have the value you think. I know my job.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Mr. Powell
            So you work for a sports management firm, who is questioning where you work or how you do your job? In case you forgot they dont have to give the Knicks anything for Melo if he chooses to sign with the Bulls. So you know both NY and Miami both would be the teams trying to get something in return if Bron or Melo said I am signing with the Bulls. The Bulls are dealing with FA and all they have to do is convince either Bron or Melo to sign with them. NY and Miami are the ones who left holding the bag and would be the ones suggesting a sign and trade.

            Again you mention you know your job that does not impress me that you know your job. This a a site where job function means absolutely nothing its about opinions not job function

          • Andre Powell

            First off it is called sign an trade which would be the best way really to get him. That was the reason late season signings such as Brewer and Admundson were signed to equal contracts as throw ins to make deals like these happen. Though you might not respect my opinion, I respect yours along with anyone else s. If i had thin skin I would take in another direction. You see the value of two Bull starters higher than most people, and honestly I hope their careers turn out that way. I only gave a view as to how most in the league see them. Sorry if my opinion does not match yours, but it’s OK to disagree. Have a good day.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Mr Powell
            A sign in trade is not necessary for the Bulls to get Melo he will be an unrestricted FA so the sign and trade is to keep the Knicks from losing Melo for nothing. The Bulls dont have to enter a sign and trade if Melo wants to sign with the Bulls.

            I dont care about the late signings of the bench bums sure I understand your point about them being used in sign snd trades. But with Melo bring unrestricted how does it not give them the advantage in dealing with him? They dont even need to talk with the knicks about Melo.

            If I didn’t respect your opinion I never would have responded to it I was very interested in what you stated that’s why I responded to it.

            I don’t know what other way you could have taken this conversation whereas I could not respond or defend my point of view.

            I don’t know how yiu determine how much I valued the 2 Bull starters than anyone else I just said the Bulls are not trading 2 starters unless it for Bron. In the Bulls scheme Butler and Gibson are two of their bezt defenders so how you can determine that they would cart them off and still have those holes to fill.

            I dont know how most of the league feels about them I care less I am a Bulls fan I watch every game I know their importance to the Bulls way of playing.

            I dont know how you are taking this discussion but to me it’s just 2 men giving opinions about a topic. Where else should it be going . Thanks I will have a nice day and you too.

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    I hate to say this, but I have been a Bulls fan all my life and I do not expect much of a change this summer. I heard a report with us signing Ronnie Brewer and 2 others at the end of the season totaled about 4.8 million. It is not a lot, but why did the Bulls get them? A source says it was prove that the Bulls are going to make a major move to entice a team that is wanting below a salary cap and rebuild. We shall see.
    Again, I do not know if something will happen….