Butler: It was either me or Rose

Jimmy Butler has admitted that he was not surprised when Derrick Rose was traded as he knew one of them would be leaving the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls endured a disappointing campaign in the 2015/16 NBA season as they missed out on the playoffs after finishing with a 42-40 record.

With a change needed, the Bulls decided to send Rose to the New York Knicks as the former NBA MVP has struggled with his fitness over the last couple of seasons.

Speaking about the Bulls’ decision to get rid of one of the strongest players on their roster, Butler reiterated that he wasn’t shocked when the news was announced.

“I knew it had to be one of us,” he said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I have so much respect for the guy. I have no bad things to say about him.

“Because we didn’t win, I think everything comes up. If we win, there’s nothing to say. We’re fine, we can along together, we’d probably still be teammates to tell you the truth. But we didn’t win. I didn’t do my job, as well as he didn’t.”

Meanwhile, there has been speculation that Butler might be traded to the Boston Celtics or the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the 26-year-old is still unsure about what the future holds for him.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t think anything is for certain. I love the city of Chicago, everyone knows that.”