The Chicago Bulls honored Luol Deng on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, a game Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler wishes he could have attended.

Deng was Butler's mentor with the Bulls before Chicago traded Luol to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013-14 season.

Back in Chicago on Friday to face the Bulls, Butler talked about Deng.

“I wish I could’ve been here as well,” Butler said, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “Lu taught me so much about the game and being a pro. I was very fortunate to be able to learn from him. He’s just an incredible, incredible human being.

“I’m glad he got to go out here and they honored him here. He did a lot for this organization and obviously did a lot for me. In this organization, I was able to be around so many good people, him being at the top of the list.”

Deng finished his Bulls career with averages of 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 637 games. He was a two-time All-Star in Chicago and one of the best two-way players in the league during his prime.

Butler is 0-2 as a visitor at the United Center. He will be hungry to win on Friday as a member of the Heat.