Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose trade: ‘It had to be one of us’
There was a belief the Bulls had to trade Jimmy Butler or Derrick Rose.
Butler apparently subscribed to it.
But it wouldn’t have been worth selling low on Butler, a legitimate two-way star, or surrendering a positive asset to dump Rose. They play different positions, and Rose’s contract was expiring after this season. Even if the odds were against them meshing, I just didn’t see the urgency.
The Knicks offering a more valuable player than Rose (Robin Lopez) plus Jerian Grant made it an easier call. But there’s a big difference between having to trade a player and accepting a favorable deal that became available.
So, why did Butler think the Bulls had to trade him or Rose, a player Butler effusively praised on the way out the door?
Tracy McGrady asked that important follow-up question. Butler’s response: