Jimmy Butler’s name has been running through the cycle of rumors already and the Bulls haven’t even figured out if they’re going to be in the playoffs yet. Although his rumors aren’t quite the same as all the ones that someone like Kevin Durant has to go through, it must be annoying to already have to hear all of this talk.
So, he was finally asked about all the rumors and he shot them down quickly. Via Nick Friedell of ESPN:
“That’s why I’m here,” Butler told ESPN.com after Thursday night’s 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets. “I don’t plan on going anywhere. I can’t control what everybody else does. I know that this is the city that I love, Chicago. And I want to wear that jersey. I want to wear that name on the front, and I wear it proudly. All I got to do is continue to control what I can control. That’s try to help this team win games.”
“To tell you the truth, I don’t pay attention to the rumors,” Butler said. “Somebody sent [the story] to me today, and I just clicked off of it. I mean, why am I getting in [to the speculation]? I can’t control it. I can’t say don’t do this or don’t do that. That’s not my job. If I do what I’m supposed to do on the floor, then everything else takes care of itself. I’m a firm believer in that.”
Jimmy Butler is enjoying his best season yet, averaging 21 points, 4.4 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Bulls would be insane if they really decided to trade away their best prospect on the team. He’s the one who gives them the most hope moving forward, and they need to keep him as one of the centerpieces of the team. Butler’s combination of offensive and defensive skill is not something that comes around every day, and his work ethic is one of the best around.
That being said, there are two guys that I would pin as people who would never pay attention to rumors about their destination. Those two are Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard. These guys are such gym rats that they’re most likely too busy practicing and lifting to even read all of the rumors. Props to Butler on keeping his attention to what he’s doing on the court instead of obsessing over where the media thinks he’s going to land.