Following his trade Thursday from the Bulls to the Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler hasnât said anything publicly yet aboutÂ his feelings regarding Chicago management. But his personal trainer offered a few choice words to the Internet, not so much burning that bridge as dropping a thermonuclear warhead on it.
Claiming that the Bulls had the âworst culture in the league,â Travelle Gaines said, âI met drug dealers with better morals [than] their GM.â He also called that general manager, Gar Forman, a âliar.â
Butler had been rumored to be on the trading block, and Chicago pulled the trigger during the draft, sending its star player, plus the 16th pick, to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick, which was used to take Arizona sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen. Butler is in Paris at the moment, as is Gaines, raising the possibility that the trainer wasnât speaking entirely for himself.
Also in Paris is Dwyane Wade, who just became an ex-teammate of Butlerâs, having signed with Chicago last year. Wadeâs contract included an opt-out provision for this season, but he chose Tuesday to stay with the team for another season, despite the uncertainty surrounding his friend Butler.
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When asked about that decisions, Wade saidÂ he had â24 million reasonsâ to return to the Bulls, referring to his salary for this season. That will make him not only by far the highest-paid member of the Bulls, but an aging, expensive misfit on a team suddenly in full-blown rebuilding mode.
That hasty change of direction may leadÂ Forman toÂ try to buy Wade out of his contract, which could add to the criticism he has received for his job the past couple of seasons, in which Chicago has gone 83-81 with one first-round playoff appearance. Told of Gainesâs comments in a post-draft news conference, Forman said (via the Chicago Tribune), âIt is what it is. I guess thatâs his opinion.â
Gaines will likely find a sympathetic ear in Minneapolis, where the Timberwolves are run by Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as theÂ Bullsâ head coach after the 2014-15 season. His departure has coincided with a downturn in Chicagoâs fortunes, although Thibodeau fared even worse with a young Timberwolves squad last season, goingÂ 31-51.
Gaines will also need help finding a place to live in Minneapolis, all the better to keep pushing Butler through grueling workouts that the 27-year-old swingman has credited with helping turn him from the 30th pick in the 2011 draft to a three-time all-star. To that end, the trainer, before blasting Forman, posted this tweet:
Any realtors in MPLS?!?!?!
â Travelle Gaines (@travellegaines) June 23, 2017