The Chicago Bulls are considering Jimmy Butler as their best trade bet of this offseason. In this situation, what’s Butler’s choice? The Bulls’ swingman featured in the team’s last game of the season on Wednesday against Philadelphia 76ers after shouldering the blame for the team’s failure to reach the playoffs.
The Bulls were eliminated from the playoff contention on Sunday night when the Indiana Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets. The Bulls dressed only eight players for their season finale. Head coach Fred Hoiberg hinted earlier that Butler will play a part in the game, while the other stars like Derrick Rose or Pau Gasol would be rested. Chicago won their last game against the Sixers.
“Jimmy will play some,” Hoiberg said. “Mike will not play tonight. Pau and Derrick and E’Twaun and Jo and Taj and Cam, they will not be in uniform tonight.”
The Bulls management has expressed deep disappointment over the teams performance of the season in a statement, which echoed in Hoiberg’s voice also.
“Obviously there’s a lot of disappointment going into tonight,” Hoiberg said, as reported by the ESPN. “Because of where we wish we were as far as preparing for a playoff series. So that’s very disappointing that we’re not in that position.”
The Bulls head-coach also revealed that he will be meeting the players and the stuff in the next two days to discuss about the team’s future plans.
Jimmy Butler, who signed a five-year maximum deal last season worth $90 million shouldered a lot of blame.
“I think that a lot of this season I put on myself,” Butler said. “Because I feel like I could have done more. It’s a learning curve for everybody, especially for myself. Very humbling, to tell you the truth. Whenever you think you’re good enough or you can do this, something like this happens.”
The Bulls’ swingman missed action from February 6 to March 6 due to a left knee injury. He refused to answer questions regarding whether he and Derrick Rose could coexist in the future. The pair struggled to set up a lethal combination on court this season.
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