However, according to one of the sources, neither player is moving the needle as far as what general manager Gar Forman deems a worthy return. “Obviously, you knew that would be the case with Rondo,’’ the source said. “But they don’t like what they’re hearing back on [Mirotic] either. Then again, that’s a [front office] that tends to overvalue its assets.’’
Teams have inquired about Butler’s price tag this season in the type of talks that take place all the time throughout the league. Executives from two other teams said last month they were given the impression that Butler isn’t available for now. It’s unlikely that changes by the Feb. 23 trade deadline, which comes four days after Butler’s third straight All-Star Game, although non-efforts like Friday night’s loss at Atlanta give pause. This offseason will bring more inquiries.
Jimmy Butler’s ascension from junior college transfer to solid but unspectacular Marquette starter and from 30th overall pick to non-rotation player to All-Star starter is the stuff of movie scripts. There’s one problem: Its star won’t sign on for the leading role. “I ain’t done (expletive) man,” Butler said. “What’s our record, around .500? That’s no better than last year. So I’m not impressed. If I can help this team win, that’s how I judge myself. And I don’t think I’m doing a very good job of that.”