June 6, 2017, 7:45 am
K.C. Johnson of Chicago Tribune reported that the meeting between the Bulls and Jimmy Butler on Monday was “positive.”
The Bulls held a meeting with their superstar SF and by all accounts it went well. The past season had small leaked rumors get louder as we got closer to the trade deadline that the Bulls front office was actively searching out trades for Butler, namely to Boston. Butler has maintained that he wants to be in Chicago. The three-time all star is signed through the 2018-19 season and is just entering his prime. Executive vice president John Paxson has stated that he has not shopped Butler, but did admit to listening to offers. This meeting was necessary to reaffirm both sides’ intentions and goals. One last wrinkle for Butler is the newly added ‘designated player exception.’ If Butler makes an All-NBA team next season it would allow Chicago to sign Butler for an additional year and an exorbitant amount more than any other team could offer once he reaches free agency. Butler could only be awarded that designation if he stays with Chicago.