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Jimmy Butler not happy with statements from the Bulls’ front office

It was a lost season for the Chicago Bulls. After making the playoffs in each of the past seven years, the Bulls finished 9th in the East with a 42-40 record in their first season under head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Chicago’s defense suffered huge setbacks after the departure of Tom Thibodeau, and star players Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler were never able to get on the same page.

Butler took the blame for the Bulls missing the playoffs, although it certainly wasn’t completely his fault.

Still, now that Butler is largely considered to be the best player in Chicago, expectations are starting to build. Team president John Paxson took a shot at Butler’s leadership this past season, and general manager Gar Forman said he’ll “explore all options” in the offseason, refusing to say that Jimmy is un-tradeable.

Jimmy Butler

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So, what does Butler think of all of this? He’s not taking it very well.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

That comment didn’t sit well with Butler, sources said, merely adding to his growing wariness regarding Forman that stems from Butler feeling slighted during failed negotiations on his rookie extension. Butler ultimately rejected the Bulls’ four-year, $44 million offer, won Most Improved Player honors for 2014-15 and signed a five-year, $92.3 million deal with a player option for the final season last July.

Still, at 26 years old, it’s unlikely that Butler will be moved. It will take another big-name player as well as a high draft pick to possibly convince the Bulls to part ways with Jimmy Buckets.

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