Derrick Rose never had beef with Jimmy Butler on Bulls, bought him $15K watch as a gift once
During the 2015-16 season, multiple reports said Rose and Butler didn’t get along behind the scenes and that Butler wanted to be the alpha dog of the Bulls.
Rose denies those rumors in his book and says he even bought Butler a $15,000 watch once as a gift to show the swingman he supported him.
I always was cool with Jimmy, no matter what they were saying in the media. I was always cool with all my teammates. That’s what it is having teammates. I never had a problem with Jimmy. No confrontation, no argument or anything. In fact, when Jimmy had his trade stuff come up in Minnesota, he was confiding in me and I was counseling him, understanding what he was going through, how it wasn’t right.
People always wanted to make it something between me and Jimmy in Chicago, wanting to see us go at it…Nah, nothing like that with me and Jimmy…Remember, I did buy him that watch that time with the Bulls. Just to show, “Bro, I ain’t whatever they may be saying.” It was light love for a teammate. I think it cost like $15,000. When you’re the veteran, sometimes you have to spoil your teammates.
Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler both averaged over 20.0 points per game in the 2015 playoffs, where the Bulls lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. The duo could have done some great things together, but the Bulls decided to part ways with Rose after the 2015-16 season, trading him to the New York Knicks.
Rose and Butler were teammates again on the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Rose helped Butler get through his trade request.