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Jimmy Butler’s decision to remain with the Bulls was such a big deal that he earned both a press conference to address his maximum contract and electronic signage in front of the United Center.
It’s Jimmy Butler Day at the United Center. pic.twitter.com/iFPLHF2eEN
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) July 9, 2015
It’s a fitting gesture, though: Bulls general manager Gar Forman called Butler’s re-signing “a big win for both sides.”
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported Butler’s contract as a “five-year deal that could be worth $95 million should Butler pick up the fifth-year player option.”
During the press conference, Butler reiterated how, all along, “Chicago is where (he) wanted to be.”
Butler was also asked about the rumored tension between himself and Derrick Rose — which were shot down in an interview with Rolling Stone — and went as far as saying that he believes they can become one of the best backcourts in the NBA.
As far as the Bulls as a team, Butler mentioned that, just as he had last season, he likes his team’s chances to succeed this upcoming season. He also added that those high hopes for last season was also why he skipped out on the media following the Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers: Butler was too upset to speak.
For more on what Butler and Forman said during his press conference, check out the live tweets from it on our Twitter.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.