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Jimmy Butler comments on his relationship with the Chicago Bulls' front office

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All is not rosy in the Chicago Bulls camp right now. There seems to be something of an identity crisis with the Eastern Conference franchise at the minute and no clear plan of how they want to move forward.

Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks on draft night - along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick - for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, but it could easily have been Jimmy Butler who departed the United Center.

After a disappointing debut season for head coach Fred Hoiberg, it was clear the only way forward for the franchise was to completely overhaul a roster that included the Most Valuable Player of 2011, 2014's Defensive Player of the Year and a starting five with a combined total of 13 All-Star appearances.

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Rose has gone, Pau Gasol has notified the franchise of his plans to explore the market and Joakim Noah is expected to join the New York Knicks once free agency commences tomorrow.

The team is now Butler's. He is the best player by a long way and much of the burden of returning the organisation to the playoffs will fall on the shoulders of the shooting guard.

However, you may not have picked up that feeling by looking at the Bulls' official website. Only a few days ago the site ran an article that dubbed the guard as selfish and claimed he was not a team player. That's right, the page belonging to Chicago that is, in essence, supposed to put a positive spin on every aspect of the team's dealings.

On The Jump, Butler was asked about the relationship between himself and the front office in Illinois, to which he responded: "Nope [I didn't talk to them]. I let people think what they want to think. I know where I stand, I know what I'm about, I think my teammates do as well."

Former Golden State Warriors man Stephen Jackson jumped in to say: "That can't happen from an organisation who you're busting your butt for every night," to which Butler agreed. But the Bulls player claimed he did not read the article as he pays no attention to what happens in the media.

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Jackson continued: "You're [Butler] not supposed to pay attention to it but someone in the organisation, whether it's the worst player on the team, has got to go up there and say 'look, this is our best player, how demeaning him is gonna come out when we count on him to win games every night?' [sic] it just can't happen."

Butler is a consummate professional, who will continue to give his best for the franchise on a nightly basis, but, as the best player, he could certainly use the help of those behind the scenes to bring cohesion to the organisation.

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