Despite Butler proving himself to be a true superstar, Chicago has struggled to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
This means the Bulls have a decision to make: do they try to build around Butler, or swap him for as much value as they can and start fresh? Butler has reportedly been the center of trade talks between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics for years, but no deal has ever worked out. Overall, the front office seems to be uncertain about where they want Butler to be.
If you ask the three-time All-Star himself though, he seems to have no doubts about where he wants to be.
When asked whether he wants to spend the rest of his career in Chicago in an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour, Butler gave this answer which should encourage Bulls fans everywhere:
Yes. I can’t see what tomorrow will bring, but I love it here. You know, they took a risk on a kid that was not very good with the 30th pick in the 2011 draft, so I feel like I owe the city the little amount of talent that I have on that basketball court. I love it here. I love these people. I want to be here.”
There seems to be uncertainty around the future of all of the Bulls’ most important figures, from shooting guard Dwyane Wade to coach Fred Hoiberg to executives John Paxson and Gar Forman. But if Butler truly intends to be a lifelong Chicago Bull, the franchise should be in alright shape.