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Jimmy Butler addresses the trade rumors

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"this is the city that I love, Chicago"

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Earlier in March, it became widely known that Boston was interested in Jimmy Butler at the trade deadline. Several accounts confirmed the Bulls rebuffed Boston's pursuit.

 

Earlier in the week however, Yahoo senior writer Chris Mannix re-flamed the Jimmy trade story, though there wasn't much there. That didn't stop several media outlets picking up on Mannix's story.

Butler himself has now addressed those rumors:

 

"I don't plan on going anywhere. I can't control what everybody else does. I know that this is the city that I love, Chicago. And I want to wear that jersey. I want to wear that name on the front, and I wear it proudly. All I got to do is continue to control what I can control. That's try to help this team win games."

 

No doubt, this will be a very interesting summer for the Bulls front office.

 

In more Jimmy news, it's no illusion that his play has recently trailed off, ever since returning from his knee injury. However, Jimmy Leader says a new day is coming:

 

I know how good of a player that I am. I know how teams are going to prepare for me moving forward. I just got to go out there and play. I got to start being more aggressive from the jump, stop being passive, and that's moving forward. I have no excuse for that play in the past but I can change it from this day forward."

 

The Bulls are currently in 9th place in the East, just one game behind the Pacers for the 8th and final playoff spot. Making the playoffs has been hotly debated right here on BaB. So what does Jimmy think about it?

 

We want to make these playoffs...it's never too late to make that happen

 

This has been your Leadery update.