According to a tweet from Ian Begley from ESPN, the Chicago Bulls were apparently on the list of teams that Kyrie Irving preferred before the team traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Irving recently made news by saying he wants out of Cleveland, and does not want to play with LeBron James any longer. Teams that he prefers to be traded to include the Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks.

Let's pretend that The Bulls never traded Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the No.

7 overall pick, which was used for Lauri Markkanen. For Bulls fans, these day dreams may be all they have during this rebuilding season. Let's think of the possible team the Bulls would have had if this trade happened.

Big three in Chicago

The Bulls brass would have sold this as a "Big 3" situation. The Bulls would have had Irving, Butler, and Dwyane Wade on the roster. All of these players have played in multiple All-Star games. Gar Forman, general manager of the Bulls, would have been praised for bringing in a superstar. The team would have likely tried to go all in for making a run at the eastern conference. Taj Gibson probably would have been brought back to come off the bench.

Long story short, Bulls fans might have actually bought into this.

Remember when Wade was brought to Chicago? It was to sway a superstar into coming to the Bulls. Remember when the Bulls didn't have any production at point guard behind Rajon Rondo? That fix would have happened with the trade. Bringing Irving to the Bulls would have gave the fans hope. Too bad that will never happen.

Long term future shot

The Bulls don't necessarily have a lot of draft picks to give up for nothing. They have their yearly draft picks, but that is it. That means they would have had to give up some future picks to bring in Irving. The team does not have any players that would have made the Cavaliers jump out of their seats.

Not to mention, the asking price would be huge given that the teams are in the same division. The only explanation is that the Bulls would have to give up two future first round picks, which would strap their long term future.

Overall decision

For the most part, I am glad that it didn't happen. Sure, a team that had Irving, Butler, and Wade would have been interesting. The Bulls would maybe compete with the Cavaliers and Celtics for one year. Then what? We sink back into mediocrity. Take a look at the good teams in the league. The Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, and Cavaliers have something the Bulls don't have. Dependable players with long term contracts. A rebuild sounds better to get the team to that point. One nice season is like a one night stand. It sounds good at first, but it always ends after one time.