Butler, who has expressed his desire to play for the U.S. in the Olympics, recently affirmed that last week when he spoke with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons during an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. His acceptance means he will be reunited with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Butler will also see Bulls forward Doug McDermott at training camp in July, as McDermott is a part of the Select Team that trains with the national team.
Butler’s journey with USA Basketball began in 2014 when he was named to the Select Team; however, Butler was forced to play with the Select Team because of a groin injury. On Aug. 6, 2015, Butler received another opportunity, as he was named a member of the 2015-16 USA men’s national team. On Jan. 18, Butler was named a finalist to make the Olympic team.
UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson has confirmed Stein’s report.
Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau reunited after all—on USA Basketball. Confirming Butler will play in Rio. @ESPNSteinLine 1st.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 23, 2016
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