Butler posts heartfelt thank-you letter to Chicago Bulls

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

In the aftermath of the trade, I ultimately came away slightly positive about the Chicago Bulls' attempt to start rebuilding. "The fan base, I feel like I grew so much as a person and player in my 6 years there".

This just in: The Bulls are going to struggle to win games next season. They made me want to win. Whose team is it? "Hopefully, when you ask me the question about how good we're going to be, part of it will probably be in what other players might be attracted to this team". The "craziest week I think I've ever gone through".

After the two won an Olympic gold medal together on Team USA last summer - Butler as a player, Thibodeau as an assistant coach - Butler said he and Thibodeau had, and still have, a "love-hate relationship", but it seems to feature more of the former than the latter.

In one way or another, Dwyane Wade's professionalism here will be tested.

The biggest bombshell sent All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Butler was reunited with his former coach Tom Thibodeau. They used that selection to grab Arizona stretch-four Lauri Markkanen.

"It's insane because there was me talking with guys about Cleveland, then all the outside rumors with Boston, Minnesota, Phoenix, then the feeling that I'm not going anywhere", Butler told the Sun-Times. "I mean I had so many people telling me what could possibly happen, but I just got to the point where I stopped paying attention to it".

To Butler, the buildup to the deal - with his name in rumors involving teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Timberwolves - before one was finally consummated while he was on vacation showed him how "crazy" the business side of the National Basketball Association is.

If you don't know these names yet, the Bulls plan to help you get familiar. I'm not mad at that. "I'm not. I just don't like the way some things were handled, but I'm OK".

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For a franchise worth $2.5 billion according to Forbes, $23.8 million is a small price to pay for extinguishing the potent risk of a disgruntled veteran contaminating a locker room full of baby Bulls. Over those two years, I project his production as worth about $90 million, giving Butler more than $50 million in surplus value to his team. But what can they say? I know his style of play. Chicago, I love you. He criticized Fred Hoiberg during the coach's first season.

However, if Butler wants to leave the Wolves in 2019, he only stands to lose more money.

"There are many things that I respect about Jimmy and how he goes about his business", Thibodeau said. "We've always said that", Paxson said testily. I don't take anything back.

Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't see the value in the trade.

Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher did get out of the expansion draft with Las Vegas on the positive side, losing Eric Haula, as he signed with the Golden Knights as a free agent.

"For some reason, it sort of stalled previous year", Taylor said.

Kris Dunn, I never liked very much. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I was drafted and when I played my first minutes. And, I hope you know that's what I dedicated my life to every time I walked into the facility or stepped on the floor of the United Center. That's what we can bank on, that's something we can control.

The move totally caught Butler by the surprise, as the three-time All-Star shooting guard reportedly is in Paris and learned about the news in the middle of the night.

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