Heat’s Jimmy Butler was ‘hurt’ by Bulls trade, thanks Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade for helping him
Butler was “hurt” by the trade, but his pals Anthony and Wade were there for him and told him everything was going to be fine:
“Ya’ll helped me through that though,” Jimmy Butler told Carmelo Anthony on IG live about what he and Dwyane Wade did for him. “I remember sitting at the dinner and ya’ll was like, ‘Yo, you’re still a helluva player. You’re gonna go do what you were doing in Chicago in Minnesota. You’re gonna change the culture there…
“I was hurt.”
Butler only played one season with the Timberwolves, but he did change the culture. Jimmy helped the Timberwolves reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004 in his one season with Minny a couple of years before landing with the Heat.
However, the now-Heat star requested a trade from Minnesota right before the start of the 2018-19 season. The Wolves traded Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers and Jimmy starred for the team in the 2019 playoffs.
Still, though, Butler wasn’t happy. Something was missing until he sat down with Heat president Pat Riley for their free-agent meeting. Riley and Butler connected right away and the Heat were able to acquire Jimmy from the Sixers in a sign-and-trade deal.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Butler was averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Heat in 54 games. He was shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 24.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.