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NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic Reportedly Pursuing Jimmy Butler From The Chicago Bulls

By Wil P.
on Jan 11, 2017 07:33 AM EST
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Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot past Mario Hezonja #8 of the Orlando Magic on his way to a game-high 20 points at the United Center on November 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Magic 112-80. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) (Photo : Jonathan Daniel/Staff/Getty Images)

NBA trade rumors to the Orlando Magic start to swirl around as of late as they continue to slide down the standings. They are still struggling to find their form even after acquiring some of the best assets in the offseason. Latest buzz is spreading that they are reportedly pursuing Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and try to recover from their debacle.

The Magic are currently holding a 16-23 win-loss record and sitting at the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference division. Even they've got the services of Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder via trade last summer and signed Bismack Biyombo in free agency, the acquisition doesn't seem to make wonders from them.

On the other hand, Butler is doing great as one of the main offensive weapons for the Bulls. Just last week, he scored 52 points against the Charlotte Hornets and 42 points versus the Toronto Raptors and lead them to the win. However, recent report is debated online that the Chicago Bulls are said to be interested in dealing Butler.

According to Forbes, the availability of Jimmy Butler came as a surprise and was heatedly discussed in the news last week. It would be insane to trade one of the team's key player who is doing well as of this moment. If the report is true, Butler will be one of the biggest fish in the trade market and suitors will line up to get him.

And now, one report was already saying that he is being targeted by the Magic to add on their roster. According to The Inquisitr, a rumored deal between the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls could be in discussion today that involves 4 players.

Trade scenario is suggesting that forward Jimmy Butler and guard Jerian Grant will head to Orlando while Chicago will receive forward Aaron Gordon and guard Elfrid Payton. Looking closely at the trade, this will give more value to the Magic than the Bulls.

Having Butler will definitely give the Magic a proven All-Star and an Olympian that can lead the team. It will also give Magic head coach Frank Vogel a dependable go-to-guy that will help them in their current campaign. On the other hand, Gordon will give the Bulls an athletic forward who have the potential to be an All-Star once developed.

Nevertheless, the rumored NBA trade deal between the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls are still speculation as both teams have never commented on this trade. But Jimmy Butler will surely be under the consideration of many teams that are needing a high-value player like him.

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