Chicago Bulls did not shop Jimmy Butler around claims GM

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Fans of the Chicago Bulls had a very interesting draft night as they would have been on the edge of their seats with rumours about the future of Jimmy Butler flying around.

At one point, both the Minnesota Timberwolves - complete with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau - and the Boston Celtics were in for Butler and competing with each other to try and land the All-Star shooting guard.

However, Chicago general manager Gar Forman has now come out and claimed that despite those rumours, it definitely wasn't the Bulls who were instigating those talks.

The GM made very clear that the Bulls haven't put their star player on the trade block, only that teams were calling them about him.

"We did not shop Jimmy Butler. We received calls. Did we listen? Of course we did. It's our job to listen," Forman told reporters.

"We were in no talks with anybody. There was no discussion during the entire draft this evening as far as Jimmy Butler was concerned."

After trading point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Bulls fans were worrying that their team would be completely gutted before free agency had even begun.

According to ESPN, the Bulls were apparently interested in doing a deal for Timberwolves draftee Kris Dunn, who they loved, but nothing could be done. 

Last season, Butler averaged 20.9 points per game while adding 4.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds as the Bulls finished 9th in the Eastern Conference. With the Timberwolves looking to add that final piece to make them playoff contenders, Butler would have been the perfect fit alongside Karl-Anthony Town and Andrew Wiggins. 

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