Things are business as usual for the Chicago Bulls’ front office, who just made a bad decision in trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau had a great Thursday night.
Finally getting the chance at ultimate revenge against the organization that left him high-and-dry, Thibodeau orchestrated a trade for the ages with general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.
And of course, the Bulls’ front office bit, resulting in not just a Butler/Thibodeau reunion, but the five-year Chicago coach fleecing the heck out of his former employers.
Therefore, to say Thibodeau had plenty to celebrate during the 2017 NBA Draft would be an understatement.
Now Butler has been at the center of league trade rumors for quite some time now. While most reports had the Boston Celtics gunning for the 27-year-old over the majority of last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers recently emerged as an interested party as well.
However, between Butler himself preaching his loyalty to the Bulls and Paxson recently giving an interview indicating they were not interested in letting their star go, most took the buzz for nothing more than just that: empty chatter.
Because while Paxson may have said Butler was not going anywhere, he was also the one who started the narrative of “younger and more athletic,” right before Chicago signed both Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade.
So although Butler’s departure may have been a blow in the moment, fans have no reason to be shocked by the news; unfortunately, illogical proceedings should always be expected when it comes to this front office.
Trading Butler may not have been the wrong decision per se, but it cannot be denied that the front office virtually gave a top-15 player away for free. Which is where the disappointment lies.