Sixers’ Jimmy Butler ‘not surprised’ by what Derrick Rose is doing this season for the Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers small forward Jimmy Butler may not be on the Minnesota Timberwolves anymore, but he’s still keeping tabs on what some of his old teammates are doing, including point guard Derrick Rose.
Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves and Minnesota sent him to the Sixers in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round pick. With Butler gone, the Timberwolves have needed Derrick Rose to pick up some of the scoring load and the former MVP hasn’t disappointed.
In 38 games this season for the Timberwolves, Derrick Rose is averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, a career-high 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.
On the Posted Up with Chris Haynes video podcast, Yahoo Sports insider Chris Haynes asked Jimmy Butler if he was surprised by how well D-Rose is playing this season, and the four-time All-Star didn’t mince words:
“I’m not surprised,” Butler said. “I came into the league when he was MVP. He got his opportunity. If you knew him, he did what he was gonna do, what he always could have done. He just needed the opportunity. I’m happy for him.”
Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose's season: "I'm not surprised. I came into the league when he was MVP. He got his opportunity. If you knew him, he did what he was gonna do, what he always could have done. He just needed the opportunity. I'm happy for him." (Via @ChrisBHaynes)
— Ashish Mathur (@amathur90) January 29, 2019
Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose were teammates with the Chicago Bulls as well, so the two stars go way back.