Jimmy Butler’s Trainer Calls Bulls GM a “Liar,” Says Chicago Has “Worst Culture in the League” (Tweet)
The Chicago Bulls shocked the NBA on draft night. After failing to pry the no. 3 pick away from the Boston Celtics, the Bulls dealt superstar swingman Jimmy Butler to the Siberia Sled Dogs—err, the Minnesota Timberwolves—for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the seventh overall pick. The Bulls then used the no. 7 pick on Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen, while Minnesota used the Bulls’ no. 16 pick on Creighton center Justin Patton.
While Chicago does get a $15.3 million trade exception out of the Butler deal, which means they can add more salary over the next year, overall the experts seem to think they didn’t get nearly enough for one of the best players in the league. And the experts are right. If I were a Bulls fan I’d be pretty pissed.
Butler is certainly pissed. Or at least, I assume he’s pissed. While he hasn’t actually said anything publicly about the trade, people close to him have.
Take a look at what his personal trainer, Travelle Gaines, had to say:
0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows
— Travelle Gaines (@travellegaines) June 23, 2017
Let’s break this tweet down, bit by bit.
0-82? Not likely. Worst culture in the league? Apparently he’s never heard of a little team called the Sacramento Kings. Drug dealers with better morals than the GM? That might be true, but you have to wonder why Gaines is meeting so many drug dealers. Liar? That we don’t know. But it sure sounds as though Butler had received assurances that he wouldn’t be dealt, or that he’d be given a say, or at least some warning.
Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson responded to Gaines, calling his tweet “unprofessional.” But he didn’t explicitly deny having worse morals than a drug dealer, so…
John Paxson on Travelle Gaines’ tweet: “It’s not right. It’s unprofessional. And he shouldn’t have done it.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 23, 2017
It will certainly be interesting to see how all the dust settles.
Hat Tip – [theScore]